Mazda’s Koeru-inspired crossover spied in China

Mazda‘s Koeru-inspired crossover spied in China

Low resolution spy shots taken in China have all but confirmed the Koeru concept that Mazda introduced earlier this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show wasn’t merely a design study.

Although the test mule is fully camouflaged, we can tell the Koeru’s basic design has made the jump from concept to production with only minor changes. The tall belt line, the low roof line and the rakish D-pillar are essentially unchanged, but the yet-unnamed crossover gets new tail lamps and a less futuristic front end that falls in line with Mazda’s current design language.

The crossover is believed to ride on the same platform as the CX-5, and it will likely use the same engines. That means entry-level models will boast a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill rated at 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft. of torque, and more potent models will benefit from a 184-horsepower 2.5-liter four-banger. Buyers will be asked to choose between a six-speed automatic transmission and an enthusiast-friendly six-speed manual gearbox.

Motor Authority reports the production version of the Koeru concept will make its public debut in November at the Guangzhou Motor Show. Dubbed either CX-4 or CX-6, it could also be shown at the Los Angeles Motor Show that will take place at about the same time.

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