Remember the Mazda CX-5? It’s a favourite of ours here at Torquing Cars, and why wouldn’t it be? – it delivers a solid punch to the German SUV aristocracy in just about every way. But with the Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz expanding their SUV ranges with coupe variants constantly, Mazda needs to keep up. To that end, the Mazda CX-4 is on its way, and it’s been spotted undisguised in pre-release testing.
The Mazda CX-4 is the coupe-SUV – based on the Mazda CX-5 – that was previewed by the Mazda Koeru Concept of last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. With an identical wheelbase to the CX-5, the Mazda Koeru is longer, lower and wider than the vehicle it’s based on.
This suggests the Mazda CX-4 will be a sportier vehicle to drive than the already incredibly accomplished CX-5, and we aren’t complaining in the slightest.
The undisguised Mazda CX-4 (pictured above) spotted in testing, very closely mimics the Koeru Concept (pictured below), albeit with smaller wheels, and more production-ready headlights and bumpers. We expect to see the full release of it before the middle of this year, with the model expected to land in South Africa next year.
What do you think – is Mazda onto a winner with the Mazda CX-4?
Hat-tip to Terranismo for the spy shots.