Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mazda, Newspress UK | posted September 17, 2015 09:03
Mazda presents the evolution of Kodo design with the Koeru crossover
Mazda is set on reimagining how a crossover should look like after the company debuted the Koeru concept at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Translated from Japanese to mean ‘exceed’ or ‘go beyond’, the Mazda Koeru features an ‘evolutionary’ design of Kodo while also employing the full suite of SkyActiv technologies.
Described by the automaker of delivering power, vitality and a new level of refinement, the crossover concept’s exterior design blends muscular arches, aggressive character lines and an overall sharp approach which hints pure Japanese aesthetics according to Mazda.
The front fascia still carries the brand’s current look but has been made to appear cleaner and more sophisticated. Over to the side, it has extended wheel arches, overly-large alloy wheels, a sloped roofline and contoured lines that can be seen on front and rear fenders.
The rear bears an uncanny resemblance with the current Mazda3 Hatch with its distinctly-shaped shoulder line, sharp wraparound taillights, shapely tailgate and twin exhausts.
Dimension-wise, the Koeru concept measures 4,600mm long, 1,900mm wide, 1,500 mm tall and has a 2,700mm wheelbase.
Aboard the crossover concept, it has a somewhat futuristic look that blends with the brand’s current interior layout. Like current Mazda vehicles, it is fitted with the MZD Connect, Mazda’s new-generation connectivity system that manages the onboard infotainment system.
In addition, the Koeru also has top grade NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) technology that reduces noise and road vibration. Mazda added that this type of technology is not yet applied on current production vehicles.
The exact powertrain of the car was not revealed, but as previously mentioned, it uses the latest SkyActiv tech which will allow it to deliver ‘a true Jinba-ittai driving experience’.
It is unclear however whether this will be a precursor for an all-new or next-generation nameplate. What's clear is that it sits on the same 2,700 mm wheelbase as the Mazda3 and CX-5.