PROVING THAT the battle for SUV supremacy still rages, making its debut at the Frankfurt motor show this week is the Koeru, an intriguing crossover concept that is similar in size to Mazda’s CX-5, but lower, sleeker and more upmarket than most of its Mazda stablemates.
Huge 21in wheels give it a commanding presence, and its low stance, influenced by Mazda’s Kodo design philosophy, not only looks purposeful but helps aerodynamics, the company says. The under-floor structure reduces turbulence, making the car more stable at speed.
The Japanese car maker won’t confirm if the Koeru is heading for production, but given that it is talking up the car’s chassis, Skyactiv fuel efficiency programme, i-Activesense safety systems and Mazda Connect technology, this could be much more than a designer’s doodle.
Don’t be too surprised to see a production version unveiled at the Paris motor show in 12 months’ time. It might even be called the CX-4. Or CX-something at any rate.