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All-New Mazda CX-4 Crossover to Bow at Beijing Auto Show

Teaser hints at design cues from the CX-9.

Mazda told us at the Los Angeles show last year that there were a few new models on the way following the launch of the CX-9 full-size SUV, and the first fruits of this effort will come to bear at the Beijing auto show in April. A surprise teaser reveals a close-up view of the rear pillar of the all-new Mazda CX-4, which we can expect will take on the CX-9 design cues drawn from the Koeru concept (pictured).

The Mazda CX-4 will pick up on some key styling from the CX-9, including the slimmer greenhouse, sculpted rear fender arch, chrome-trimmed D-pillar windows and roof rails, and a subtle roof spoiler above the rear glass. We know virtually nothing else about the Mazda CX-4 at the moment, but logic would conclude it'll be sized smack between the CX-3 and CX-5.

Given that Mazda just updated the well-rounded CX-5, our guess is that the Mazda CX-4 will be a sleeker and more style-driven alternative. Mazda is saying in its official release that the CX-4 will have "a striking presence that sets it apart from other SUVs," and that it will be "a new type of crossover SUV designed to help customers live more creative lives." The teaser appears to show a sloping roofline, too, hinting at that coupe-like crossover shape that is in vogue in the segment.

We'll know more when the Mazda CX-4 officially debuts in Beijing, but other major changes could include a revised interior layout similar to what we've seen in the CX-9. Other upgrades could include improved sound insulation to address Mazda's common battle with handling prowess versus NVH.