Published on May 24th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Mazda CX-4 shows sleek proportions never seen before
The CX-4’s unique proportions, which feature ample ground clearance combined with low overall vehicle height, realize appealing styling and self-assured capability on any type of road. At the same time, it represents packaging that provides these features without compromising any of the functions that customers truly need. The development team performed a thorough and detailed analysis of all the body movements related to opening the door, entering the vehicle, driving and exiting the vehicle, as well as related actions such as stowing and removing luggage, or placing personal items in compartments. The results are reflected in the structures and shapes of each of the car’s parts, which are all designed to operate without causing any discomfort, unpleasantness or inconvenience. In addition, the designs for the driver’s field of vision, driving posture and instrumentation all use the latest iteration of Mazda’s ergonomic Human-Machine Interface (HMI). The aim is to support the driver in feeling reassured as he or she heads off to explore new worlds with a light touch of the foot.
Although it sports the same 2,700mm wheelbase as the CX-5 and minimum ground clearance of 196mm, the CX-4 achieves a lower profile at an overall height of 1,530mm (vehicles with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine and SKYACTIV-DRIVE). The sleek proportions that achieve a lower roof height in relation to the amount of ground clearance combine with the short length of the roof and sharply slanted angle of the rear window to give birth to radical new crossover SUV styling that compares to the dauntless image of a coupe. The ample ground clearance and large diameter 225/55R19 or 225/65R17 tires retain the functionality of an SUV, while a low center of gravity provides a reassuring driving experience.
Smart luggage space that features flexibility
The Mazda CX-4 design achieves tight rear styling, while also providing ample luggage space that can be freely used in different ways to suit the customer’s intentions.
Cargo area capacity
The Mazda CX-4 features a cargo area that measures 1,054mm long, 500mm tall, and 1,020mm wide at the liftgate for a capacity of 400L (DIN) when the rear seats are being used. These dimensions make it easy to use. The shape of the liftgate opening was also carefully designed to realize a stylish exterior appearance combined with excellent loading and unloading characteristics. Proving itself practical and versatile, the cargo area can accommodate a pair of nine-inch golf bags or three carry-on bags. Folding down the 6:4 split folding rear seatbacks also makes it possible to stow longer items; and, with both rear seats folded down, the total storage capacity expands to a roomy 1,228L (DIN).
Smart and easy to use
A flat floor free of protrusions provides ease of loading and visual spaciousness. A folding package tray is also included. It can be removed as required, allowing the entire space to be used. There is also a removable storage box that fits below the floor and another box is included on the wall near the liftgate. The rear seats can be folded from the liftgate, making it easy to change the configuration to match the number of passengers or the needs of the moment.
A combination of light yet robust dynamic performance
The Mazda CX-4 takes the pleasure of Mazda’s Jinba-ittai driving experience, which delivers faithful response to the driver’s will to create a feeling of oneness between driver and car, and further evolves it to better suit a crossover SUV. The CX-4 fully adopts SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and is fully tuned to match the driver’s senses. The result is performance that provides true driving pleasure, from its light handling and controllability that faithfully responds to the driver’s actions and smooth and comfortable ride characteristics, to its reassuring straight-line stability at highway speeds. In addition, Mazda’s new-generation i-ACTIV AWD all-wheel drive system enhances the rough-road performance. The CX-4 combines the light handling of a sports car with the robust performance of an SUV, all while delivering excellent fuel economy.
Two types of SKYACTIV-G engine are available for the Mazda CX-4. The SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine achieves fine balance between excellent fuel economy and linear response characteristics that deliver the driving pleasure of a quality ride. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine takes advantage of its greater torque to provide an even more robust driving experience with more powerful acceleration.
They are paired with Mazda’s high-performance six-speed automatic SKYACTIV-DRIVE transmission. Mazda’s six-speed manual SKYACTIV-MT transmission is also available for the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine adopts Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD all-wheel drive system, further heightening the all-road capability. Helping realize excellent fuel economy, all configurations are equipped with Mazda’s i-stop idling stop system, while AWD SKYACTIV-G 2.5 vehicles also offers Mazda’s own i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system.
The SKYACTIV-G 2.0 is a 1,998cc DOHC 16-valve inline four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine. It produces plenty of torque from low rpm and provides acceleration characteristics that match the senses of the driver in scenes calling for repeated acceleration and deceleration. The result is a quality ride with linear characteristics that respond faithfully to the driver’s intentions and realize true driving pleasure. At the same time, its practical and easy-to-use nature also places less of a burden on the environment.
The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 is a 2,488cc DOHC 16-valve inline four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine. Taking advantage of its added torque, the engine features output and acceleration characteristics that realize smooth power delivery and good response right through to the high rpm range, while the adoption of a balance shaft makes the ride quieter and rounds out the more powerful acceleration of the robust SKYACTIV-G 2.5 driving experience.
SKYACTIV-DRIVE is a high-efficiency six-speed automatic transmission that achieves a fine balance between a direct shift feel similar to that of a manual transmission, smooth gear changes, and good fuel economy. It also features a low-speed gear and shift control scheme that realizes ease of use when driving at low to mid-range speeds in the city.