The Sleuth confirms that the Japan-based automaker will unleash an all-new vehicle in time for the 2017 model year. The CX-4, as it will be called, will be based on the Koeru concept car that was put on display in 2015. However, unlike the smaller CX-3, CX-5 and all-new full-size CX-9, the CX-4 will be more of a tall four-door hatchback. The low roofline and sloping liftgate and rounded sheetmetal delivers plenty style, but likely sacrifices some stowage space, compared to the other square-back models in Mazda’s stable. Your Intrepid Spy Guy also hears that Mazda’s 184-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder will get the call as the primary powerplant, which should make the CX-4 both punchy and thrifty. The Sleuth also expects pricing to start in the mid-$20,000 range.


The new Mazda CX-4 will be based on the Koeru concept car (pictured) and will be more of car-shaped wagon than the typical tall wagon such as the CX-5 and CX-9. (PHOTO: MAZDA)

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