At the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, Mazda rolled out a new crossover concept known as the Koeru. The Japanese carmaker has a track record of converting most of their concept cars into a production ones, and with these spyshots of a heavily camouflaged Koeru undergoing testing in China (with thanks to Auto Sina), this may be our first look at a new CX-4 model or a revival of the CX-7 nameplate.
Suffice to say, the test mule you see here doesn’t really stray far from the concept which debuted. The coupe-like profile is still very much a standout as you can see here although the exact dimensions may not follow that of the concept. The Koeru concept measured 4,600mm in length and 1,900mm in width, 45mm longer and 60mm wider than the CX-5, but is a whole 170mm lower than the CX-5 at 1,500mm. Wheelbase remains the same at 2,700mm.
As expected, Mazda’s Kodo design language is clearly visible here with the prominent front fascia with a four-bar grille and the signature headlights. Along the sides, a more conventional set five twin-spoke alloy wheels replaces the ones found on the concept.
At the back, the high-mounted large exhaust tips of the concept also make way for standard ones, each mounted at the bottom corners of the crossover’s rear. Elsewhere, the rear reflector also gain a bit of girth, taking up a larger space.
The interior also differs from that of the concept although the changes aren’t that dramatic. The funky trapezoidal-shaped multimedia unit (definitely a MZD Connect system) is now morphed back into a more familiar rectangular-shaped screen though it appears larger than those found on current Mazda models which adopt them.
The deep steering wheel is also replaced to a standard one, along with the gear lever as well. You’ll spot the air-conditioning vents and climate control system appear unchanged from the concept. The centre console which housed a reimagining of the Commander Control dial and electronic parking brake on the concept is now redone to be more in line with that of the current model range as well.
Of course, the design seen on the Koeru test mule may change as the car edges towards its global debut. Like we’ve mentioned, it is yet unclear whether this new model will adopt the ‘CX-4’ or ‘CX-7’ nameplate, although in view of its proportions, the latter seems like a stronger possibility.