The Mazda Koeru concept was definitely a showstopper at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show. Interestingly, we now have some pictures from China of a what is supposedly a Mazda CX-4 SUV, that definitely has the Koeru signature style. According to reports from China’s Auto Sina, work on a prototype has already started at the FAW-Mazda joint venture plant.

From the pictures, this vehicle has a fastback-like profile at the rear, together with an elongated A-pillar and long windscreen. Quite like the concept, really. The publication believes that this vehicle will share the same engines as the Mazda Atenza (Mazda 6) and CX-5 in China, so either a 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre naturally-aspirated engine that is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The inside, looks to be a standard Mazda affair. The concept’s 2,700 mm wheelbase – identical to the CX-5’s – indicate that this new SUV will share the same existing platform, with independent MacPherson struts at the front and multi-link independent suspension at the rear.

Rumours are that this model will ultimately be the called the CX-4. It is believed that this vehicle will be tailored for the younger target market who are more outgoing and willing to sacrifice inner cabin space for more style. It is rumoured that a production-ready version will debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November and that mass production will begin in March next year.

Mazda Koeru Concept