For nearly a decade, Mazda has managed to keep the charm of the CX-9 alive through various modifications and updates. But a good thing does not last forever; recognizing this Mazda has finally decided to introduce its second generation which will be a complete overhaul of the existing model.
The new 2017 Mazda CX-9 is set to deliver a powerful and efficient engine as well as provide an overall sporting character making the vehicle more charming than ever. The vehicle will be based on the automaker’s “Kodo” design language which will result in a stylish and suave profile. At one time, Mazda hinted that the CX-9 would rival the Toyota Prado but it is yet to come close to the Prado and it remains to be seen if it can summon enough muscle to match up to the segment’s benchmark, the Land Rover Discovery.
2017 Mazda CX-9 Exterior
The new Mazda exterior profile is based on Mazda’s ‘Kodo’ design language which translates to a very attractive 7-seater SUV. Mazda says the vehicle is designed with the US market in mind and the automaker hopes to sell 80% of all global sales in the North American market.
The exterior of the 2017 Mazda CX-9 falls in line with the other Mazda models more so on the front and rear ends. The new CX-9 at 199.4 inches long is 1.2 inch shorter than the outgoing model. However, the wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer. This translates to shorter front and rear overhangs which culminate with a dynamic stance. The vehicle features a significant weight reduction of 190 lbs for the FWD models and 287 lbs for AWD models. Other exterior features include tapered fenders, a new and more upright grille and redesigned front and rear bumpers. The grille is flanked by a pair of LED headlights.
The model is offered in two signature colors; Machine Gray and Soul Red. The CX-9l will ride on large wheels which will enhance its huge profile. Lower trim levels will feature 18 and 19-inch wheels while top trims will be equipped with 20-inch wheels.
2017 Mazda CX-9 Interior
Sliding inside, you will be met by a three-row seating arrangement which will accommodate 7 passengers. The second row seats have a 60/40 split folding capability while the third row seats folds completely flat to increase cargo space. A single lever pull is used to adjust the second row seats to enable easy access to the third row seats.
The automaker has dubbed the new Mazda CX-9 cockpit “Heads-Up Cockpit”. The new cockpit features the Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen display on lower trim models and 8-inch on high trims. The infotainment system is mounted at the middle of the instrument panel. There is another 4.6-inch abbreviated screen as well as a full-color head-up display for cruise control, navigation, speed and other important information.
The front is fitted with two USB ports which make it easy to integrate Smartphones and stream music via Aha and Pandora apps. The rear also features two USB ports for charging. The cabin is illuminated with a white LED accent lighting while the center console features backlighting. When it comes to safety, the CX-9 is well equipped just like other models in the segment. Among others, it features advanced blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, radar cruise control with a range of between 15 and 90 mph, forward obstruction warning and smart city brake support.
The vehicle will also feature a 12-speaker Bose premium sound system specially tweaked for compressed digital music. The huge weight loss allowed the designers to increase its window thickness and redesign its noise-cancellation technology leading to a 12% reduction in noise levels at 62 mph.
Under the hood, the CX-9 is powered by a 2.5 L, turbocharged Skyactiv engine which replaces the current 3.7 L, V 6 unit. The engine produces only 250 hp but compensates it with a massive 310 lb-ft of torque. To make it sound even better, this amount of torque is realizable in the lower part of rev range with the peak coming at only 2,000 rpm and drops past the 4,000 rpm mark.
The automaker is of the view that drivers rarely venture above the 4,000 mark. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission system which sends power to either the front wheels or all wheels.
Price and release date
The vehicle is expected to debut this month at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show to be held from 20th – 29th. Sales will follow shortly later in the first quarter of 2016.
As of this writing, Mazda has not revealed official details about its pricing; however, we believe its price will not change much from the current model which starts at $ 30,865 MSRP including destination charges.
2017 Mazda CX-9 L.A. Auto Show pictures
The 2017 Mazda CX-9 will face most competition from the 2016 Honda Pilot and 2016 Toyota Highlander.
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