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It appears the Mazda Koeru concept is moving closer to production, as these new spyshots from Chinese site auto.ifeng.com show. The new low-slung SUV, expected to be called the Mazda CX-4 when it does go into production, is expected to make its debut at Auto China 2016 in Beijing in April, before going on sale in June.

These more detailed photos show a car that stays fairly true to the show car, minus the obvious production-ready head- and tail lights, wing mirrors and door handles. Indeed, it does look like a sportier CX-5, despite claims made by CEO Masamichi Kogai on the contrary.

It’s the same story on the inside, too – the rather production-ready cabin of the Koeru, reminiscent of the facelifted Mazda 6, receives a proper MZD Connect touchscreen and Commander Control knob, a more functional gearlever and a steering wheel and instrument cluster taken from the rest of the lineup.

Kogai recently said that the production version of the Koeru won’t be sold as a variant of its existing SUVs like the CX-5 or CX-9, but rather as a separate offering that will enter a new segment for the brand – he likened the car to an almost wagon-like SUV in the vein of the Subaru Outback.

Expect it to feature the CX-5’s range of 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G petrol and 2.2 litre SkyActiv-D diesel engines, mated to a SkyActiv-Drive six-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

GALLERY: Mazda Koeru concept at Frankfurt 2015