Mazda CEO hints the Koeru concept will go into production

Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai has revealed some new details about the upcoming Koeru crossover.

Speaking to Automotive News, Kogai said the model will be sporty crossover that is “totally new” and has wagon-like attributes.  The executive went on to say the crossover will have a ride height that is lower than the CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9.

The model is designed to compete with the Subaru Outback and Kogai said it will be about the same size as the CX-5.  Despite the product overlap, Kogai believes the Koeru will be seen as a sportier alternative to traditional crossovers.

The executive declined to confirmed production plans but a prototype was recently spied undergoing testing in China.  The prototype followed in the footsteps of the concept but featured a taller roofline, conventional rearview mirrors, and smaller alloy wheels. The prototype also had a three-spoke steering wheel, a stylish instrument cluster, chrome trim, and an MZD Connect infotainment system.

There’s no word on what will power the model but the CX-5 can be equipped with two different four-cylinder engines in the United States.  The 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine produces 155 bhp (115 kW) and 150 lb-ft (203 Nm) of torque, while the 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G engine develops 184 bhp (137 kW) and 185 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque.

Source: Automotive News

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