The 2018 Mazda CX-4 has been spotted testing in Melbourne, despite the brand knocking it back for the Australian market.

Spotted testing by CarAdvice reader David in Melbourne, the CX-4 was launched at the 2016 Shanghai motor show exclusively for the Chinese market.

Sharing a platform with the wider Mazda range, it sits on the same 2700mm wheelbase as the CX-5 and is powered by a set of familiar SkyActiv petrol engines.

A 116kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and a 2.5-litre 141kW four-cylinder petrol engine, both naturally aspirated, are similar to the units currently fitted to the Mazda CX-5 range in Australia.

Featuring 'Kodo' styling language, the CX-4 looks similar to the Mazda Koeru concept and is currently on sale in China.

Mazda's former senior manager of public relations told CarAdvice at the time, “We like the look of the car, and think that the styling very much is in line with Australian tastes, at the moment it isn’t going to be sold outside of China”.

Has that situation changed? We have reached out to Mazda Australia to see whether the CX-4 could be back on the cards for Australia, or whether it's undergoing testing locally for the Chinese market, which isn't uncommon.

Do you like the look of the Mazda CX-4? Would you like to see it on sale in Australia?