Looking production ready, the Mazda Koeru Concept debuted in Frankfurt. While initial speculation had it being the precursor of the next-gen CX-9, the Koeru has nearly the same wheelbase and overall length dimensions as the CX-5. Stating that this 5-passenger one-off "demonstrates Mazda's unique and daring interpretation of a crossover vehicle, proposed for the fast-growing crossover market," it still leaves one wondering exactly where it might slot into the automaker's lineup.

The name Koeru, which means to exceed or go beyond in Japanese, was chosen to indicate that it exceeds existing category standards. Aimed at customers with "a cutting-edge mindset," it incorporates the full suite of Mazda's SkyActiv technologies as well as the automaker's i-Activesense driver assist/safety elements. Although specifics were limited on powertrain and chassis, one could logically conclude the Koeru shares a good deal in common with the CX-5. 

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KODO design language Visually, the Koeru Concept is a refined take on the automaker's KODO-Soul of Motion design language, from its wing grille framed by LED-infused lights to its aggressive shaped aft quarters. Mazda says the Koeru's sleekly contoured body has been aero optimized to promote cleaner flow patterns both over and under the vehicle. The look set off by tasteful chrome accents and blackout lower perimeter banding and its 21-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in meaty 265/45 rubber.  

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Inside, the Koeru's cabin also features new variations on Mazda design themes. While retaining the trick Mazda Connect in-car connectivity and head-up display, the Koeru sports a tidier integrated installation of the center display screen as well as more stylish approach to the center console layout. We like a lot of what the Koeru Concept has to offer and hope that it does manage to morph into a volume model at least somewhere in the world. Beyond that, we couldn't fault Mazda for adopting an upsized version of this package to also serve as the design pattern for the next-gen CX-9. 

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