At the recent Frankfurt Auto Show, Mazda showed off a new crossover concept called the Koeru which previews the design language pegged for the automaker’s future high-riding models, such as the next-generation CX-9. It appears, however, the concept also previewed a new entry from Mazda, one with much sleeker styling than your typical crossover SUV.
A prototype for this new Mazda crossover has just been spotted. The vehicle appears longer than the CX-5, which suggests it may revive the CX-7 name or perhaps use a new CX-6 moniker. Its low profile is unlike that found on any previous Mazda crossover and makes the vehicle appear more like a tall wagon.
This model is definitely designed for on-road use only. Its platform is thought to be the one found in the CX-5, and its available engines are also thought to be common to the CX-5. This means a base 2.0-liter unit good for 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, and a more potent 2.5-liter unit with 184 hp and 185 lb-ft on tap. Available transmissions should include a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.
A debut for this new Mazda crossover, whatever it will be labeled, is thought to take place at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November. You can view more photos of the prototype at Chinese website Auto Sina.