When the covers came off the Mazda Koeru concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015 Mazda proudly proclaimed that the slant-back SUV offered “a glimpse into the future of the Mazda line-up”.
Little did we know the production version would surface less than five months after the concept’s debut.
These images, captured by PopSUV, give an unimpeded look of what to expect from the new SUV, and reveal some important changes when compared to the Koeru.
The original concept was a touch wider and longer than the CX-5 it is based on, with a lower roof, and those proportions have remained intact for the new car, likely to wear CX-6 badges (although CX-4 is another possibility).
Up front the undersized headlights and thick chrome blade from the grille frame have been rejigged, with the headlights getting larger, while the chrome slash has been reduced.
There’s a more production-friendly version of the front and rear bumpers, gloss black accents have been replaced with textured plastics, and the concept’s monster alloy wheels have dropped a few inches in diameter.
The bodysides keep the sweeping accents over the front and rear wheel arches, but the chrome detailing on the front guards has vanished, regular pull-type door handles have been added, while the mirrors have been replaced with larger units.
The Koeru’s low-line roof, fastback tailgate and broad stance are all still in place.
On the inside the CX-4/CX-6 offers a new dashboard design, but features the same steering wheel, instrument cluster, infotainment screen and rotary controller as seen on the rest of Mazda’s range.
By the time it reaches production the CX-4/CX-6 is expected to arrive with the same engines and drivetrains as the CX-5 it is based on, meaning 114kW 2.0 litre and 138kW 2.5 litre four-cylinder engines on the petrol side, and a 129kW 2.2 litre four-cylinder diesel will be offered globally.
There’s also a possibility that the more premium-focussed CX-4/CX-6 could adopt the turbocharged 2.5 litre engine from the CX-9 as an upmarket solution for high-end models.
Mazda Koeru Concept
Mazda Koeru Concept
The CX-6’s official introduction is expected to take place at the Geneva Motor Show in March, but with so much of the new vehicle already revealed early, an official teaser campaign is almost certain to start soon.