Mazda is already stocking units of the production version of the Koeru concept, shown at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The revelation has come from spy pictures obtained by the Chinese website POPSUV, something that has led many sites to say the car was photographed in China. No, it wasn’t. None of the 21 plants that produce Mazda cars is located in China, so the pictures must have been taken in Japan. And poorly taken, since they do not show the cars’ badges (and it seems to be almost on purpose. If you don’t remember the Koeru, have a look below.
Some sites are also not sure how the new SUV will be named, but there are rumours of it being called CX-4 or CX-6. Mazda would use even numbers to express coupé-like vehicles, as BMW does. Considering the concept was larger than the CX-5, at 4.60 m long, 1.90 m wide, 1.50 m tall and with a wheelbase of 2.70 m, it makes sense to believe it will be named CX-6. Even because it is way smaller than the CX-7 was. And presents a sleeker body.
There is no word on the engine that is under the hood of the new SUV, but the 2.5 SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine, which delivers 137 kW, seems a perfect fit, besides the 116 kW 2.0 SKYACTIV that powers lesser versions of the CX-5.
The transmission will very likely be the 6-speed automatic already in use by other models.
The car should be presented at a major auto show, possibly in the USA, which is the most important market for Mazda cars. New York? Chicago? The car is surely ready. It is just a matter of producing enough of them to start distribution. Considering that usually takes around 2 months, it would be too late for Chicago. Consider this year’s editions of New York Auto Show or even Geneva Motor Show.