Mazda’s Koeru-inspired crossover spied undisguised in China

Mazda‘s Koeru-inspired crossover spied undisguised in China

Blurry, low-resolution spy shots seemingly taken in a factory in China give us a good idea of what to expect from the production version of the Mazda Koeru concept.

Tentatively called either CX-4 or CX-6, 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 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.

Mazda hasn’t announced when it will show the production version of the Koeru concept. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it debut next month at the Chicago Auto Show, but the Japanese car maker might hold off on revealing it until the much larger Geneva Auto Show opens its doors in March.

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