2017 Mazda Cx – 9 Suv Sharpens Up Kodo Style
Said to be inspired by Mazda’s upcoming Koeru Concept, the look much more athletic and toned. Think of it as a masculine Mazda 6 on steroids, with flowing tense surfacing, bold front grille, and vertical lower front intakes. The CX-9’s additional length and upright front-end exudes good stance and makes it an imposing statement.
A Revamped Interior:
Despite its age, the departing 2015 CX-9’s interior is still surprisingly pleasant. The next generation car will push the envelope much further again with Mazda’s notable commitment to upscale interior design and build quality. Interior packaging is said to better direct rivals such as Toyota’s Highlander, with increased internal dimensions and better ease of access for the 2nd and 3rd rows.
Like its face-lifted Mazda 6 sibling, expect premium touches with stitched leather dashboard elements, brushed aluminum and piano-black inlays. Mazda’s Connect infotainment system will keep the technophiles happy, as will the full suite of safety assists; such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
What Will Power It:
Power will be sent through the front wheels as standard, with all wheel drive being an option. It’s unknown which transmission or AWD system it will use; however with the commitment to SkyActiv weight-saving and efficiency philosophies, it should be a great drive.
The all-new CX-9 will enter the family chariot battle against Dodge’s Durango, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Explorer, amongst others. While these rivals are worthy competitors, I suspect Mazda will have the upper hand when it comes to sheer visual punch – something the segment has been lacking until now.
Expect official images and details in the coming months, with a live reveal possibly penciled in as early as the 2015 Los Angeles motor show in November.