Mazda's New Koeru Concept Is The Sexy Crossover You'll Be Able To Afford

The next CX-9 is the poor man's F-Pace.

Mazda has earned itself a reputation of being awesome at two things in particular: dedication to performance and driving, and sexy designs. Compare any current Mazda to a Toyota or Honda, and it’s beyond clear which Japanese brand employs the best designers. And that couldn’t be more evident than with the Koeru Concept. Making its live premiere at Frankfurt, the Mazda Koeru Concept is, more than likely, a very good preview as to what we can expect to see with the next generation CX-9 crossover.

Anyone else think this thing looks just as good if not better than the Jaguar F-Pace? Ballsy statement, we know, but, damn, this thing looks great. Koeru in Japanese means "exceed" or "go beyond," and is the latest evolution of Mazda’s Kodo styling language. Take note of the LED guiding rings in the headlights, low cabin, and 21-inch wheels. Mazda’s Skyactiv technology includes "efficient driver-oriented powertrains and suspension as well as an ingeniously rigid body and chassis that enhance handling as well as safety." The current CX-9 dates back to 2006 and if its replacement looks anything like this at the existing price point, then Mazda will have another winner on its hands.

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