The CX-9 is the roomier alternative to the CX-5, a medium crossover SUV which can carry up to seven people in comfort. However, the model is quite old and even though it has been facelifted back in 2013, it can’t match the newer cars in its class. Because of this there is a need for a new car and that is going to be the 2016 Mazda CX-9. Over the previous generation, the newer model is going to adopt the Skyactiv style, meaning that the body, its engine and the interior are all going to work in perfect harmony. The Mazda CX-9 2016 is expected to be almost 400 pounds lighter due to improvements made to its chassis and also thanks to the use of lightweight materials while the old engine is going to be replaced with a much more fuel efficient one.
2016 Mazda CX-9 redesign
On the interior the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is going to keep the seven seats layout so it will still be just as roomy and comfortable as before. However, the dashboard and the general look of the car are going to be updated with the new look which also debuted on the new CX-3 and CX-5. As far as the exterior goes, we really can’t say too much about it mostly because there is no real official picture of it just yet. However, if we are to look at the CX-3 or even the CX-5 then it is safe to assume that the new Mazda CX-9 2016 is going to adopt a very similar design with the integrated headlights into the bumper and the more fluid design. The big size of the car is going to be kept though in order to allow it to carry enough luggage for its seven passengers.
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Mazda CX-9 2016 specs
Engine wise, the Mazda CX-9 2016 is likely to see a big upgrade. The old 3.7-liter V6 should now be discontinued and replaced with a brand new Skyactiv engine. There is still no word on what this might be but considering the general trend of downsizing, we might see a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline 4 Skyactiv motor which could provide in excess of 300 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Another contender would be the 2.7-liter EcoBoost but considering Mazda is discontinuing their Ford engine range, the smaller Skyactiv would be the more obvious choice. Just like before, a four wheel drive system is going to be a standard feature and so it is going to be the new 6-speed automatic gearbox.
2016 Mazda CX-9 release date and price
While it hasn’t been officially announced just yet, the new Mazda CX-9 2016 is going to come some time in the late 2015 or early 2016. The base price will remain unchanged so expect at least $32,000 for a base model, a fair price for such a great car. The main competitors for new 2016 Mazda CX-9 will be Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder.
Before first videos of new CX-9 take a look at last year’s model:
See also: http://www.autoblog.com/2015/08/21/2016-mazda-cx-9-spy-video/