New car debrief: Mazda Koeru concept, CAR+ November 2015

Published: 16 October 2015

► Mazda Koeru nearers production
► Could this be a CX-4?
► Engine line-up would mirror CX-5 

1) On a roll – following success with the CX-3 and CX-5, Mazda is clearly considering another crossover SUV. The Koeru concept points the way. Koeru means ‘go beyond’ in Japanese, and the sleek roofline suggests Mazda wants a piece of the BMW X4’s action.

2) Close to production – is it really just a concept? Okay, so those 21in wheels are a bit much, but the surfacing is feasible and the interior looks fundamentally ready. No wonder spy shots of Koeru testing in China have started appearing already. 

3) What’s in a name? – Mazda is fond of fancy titles for its concepts but sticks to letters and numbers from the factory. So could the Koeru become the CX-4? Word is that it’s based on the CX-5 platform, but ‘CX-5 Coupe’ doesn’t fit the pattern.

4) Going beyond – engine line-up would likely mirror the CX-5’s Skyactiv selection (148bhp diesel to 163bhp petrol in the UK); 2wd and 4wd, manual and auto are a safe bet. Expected to go on sale in China first, with global release in late 2016.

By CJ Hubbard

Former CAR magazine associate editor, road tester, organiser, extremely variable average wheel count

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