The ongoing model of the CX-9 has been available for nearly 10 years and in this time it did not change all that much. Sure, it received a new engine back in 2008 but the chassis as well as most of the equipment is already outdated. Because it did not sell all that well, Mazda finally decided to release an all new model which they shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show after many rumors about it. The 2017 Mazda CX-9 does share anything with the 2015 model and it comes based on an all new SkyActiv platform as well as it comes with a new engine and a brand new look.
2017 Mazda CX-9 Release Date
The car is expected to go on sale in the first half of 2016 which means that Mazda did not say too much about their new car. We do know that it is similarly sized to the older model which is to be expected considering it still is a three rows crossover. However, this time around the wheelbase has been stretched quite a bit in order to allow the rear passengers to access the seats easier and also to make for more legroom for the middle and front rows of seats.
2017 Mazda CX-9 Price
The price will likely stay similar to the 2015 model which means it will start at around $30,000 and it will go up from there.
Exterior of new Mazda CX-9
On the exterior, the new 2017 Mazda CX-9 is actually quite similar to its smaller brother, the CX-5. It features the same Kodo design scheme so it features a very similar front end with the trademark Mazda grille and large Xenon headlights. The rear looks clean with LED tail lights which seem to be borrowed from the MX5 and with a large hatch-door that will certainly prove useful. The design of the wheels is unique for the 2017 Mazda CX-9 but we hoped it would be a bit more different than the CX-5.
Inside the cabin on the other hand things are a bit more interesting. Instead of the bloated design which is usually found on most of its competitors, they went for a more minimalistic approach which makes it look outstanding. The dashboard is clean and it is covered in either a soft material or leather, the steering wheel is perfectly proportioned while most of the buttons and controls are found on the lower part of the center console. The infotainment screen pops out of the dashboard and it is controlled via a rotary knob and the instrument cluster is easy to read and it also offers a small display which will show the driver all the needed information.
2017 Mazda CX-9 Specs
Under the hood of the 2017 Mazda CX-9 there is quite an interesting engine choice. The car has a 2.5 liter SkyActiv inline 4 which has been turbocharged and tweaked in order to be usable for those looking to drive in a relaxing fashion. While it is quite large, the engine only makes 250 horsepower which is not that much in these days. However, Mazda said that they tried to offer a very pleasant driving experience so the engine will make most of that power at roughly 4,000 rpm. On top of that, it makes an impressive 310 lb-ft of torque at just 2,000 rpm which is more than any of its competitors. This makes the car feel very powerful and willing to go fast at low rpm which is where most people will keep it. The engine is mated to a 6 speed automatic gearbox and to an intelligent all wheel drive system which uses more than 20 sensors in order to calculate the power required for each individual wheel on different driving surfaces.