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Mazda Koeru concept seen as future Subaru Outback rival

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Apparently, the Mazda Koeru concept unveiled in Frankfurt earlier this fall is unrelated to anything in the Japanese automaker's lineup. It might have served as inspiration for the next-generation CX-9, but it actually previews an all-new, wagon-style vehicle.

"It's a totally new car. It's a lower, sporty SUV. It's close to a wagon," Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai told Automotive News. "The CX-9 rides higher. So does the CX-3 and CX-5. [The Koeru] aims to generate more driving pleasure."

Similar in size to the Mazda CX-5, the production version of the Koeru is expected to slot beside it as a sporty alternative, he added.

No timetable has been specified, however.