The Mazda Koeru crossover concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show is a sign of beautiful things to come from the Japanese automaker.
Although Mazda doesn’t say it explicitly, the design study previews the next-generation Mazda CX-7 crossover. The concept’s dimensions are what lead us to believe that. The Koeru is 4,600mm (181.1in) long, 1,900mm (74.8in) wide and 1,500mm (59in) high, with a 2,700mm (106.3in) wheelbase. It has room inside for five passengers and is fitted with Mazda’s i-Activsense package of advanced safety technology and the MZD Connect new generation smartphone-based connectivity system.
Most of the release is dedicated to the study’s styling, which is unmistakably part of Mazda’s KODO – Soul of Motion language, with the highlights being the the broad proportions and low-leaning cabin. Striking details include the KODO signature wing and LED guiding rings, which Mazda says evoke “the bright, strongwilled eyes of an untamed animal.”
According to the automaker, the Koeru’s shape offers outstanding aerodynamics which optimize the flow of air over the body and stifle under floor turbulence. The study is also said to feature special NVH-suppressing technology for a smoother and quieter ride.
It appears that the Koeru concept will transition into a sporty production SUV, thanks to its lightweight yet rigid body and chassis design as well as driver-focused suspension and steering.
The study is powered by the latest SkyActiv Technology, but Mazda does not offer details, only saying that it includes innovatively fuel-efficient powertrains “built according to Mazda’s sports-car tradition.”