Believe it or not the Mazda CX-9 has been on sale for nearly a decade and while it isn’t the most memorable Mazda of recent times, its replacement will certainly have a much stronger presence in the motoring industry.
The new second-generation Mazda CX-9 features the Kodo design language that the full Mazda range wears right now and the result is a very handsome full-sized crossover with three rows of seating.
The Mazda CX-9 has had a mass of changes including a new Skyactiv engine. There is a new 2.5L turbocharged Skyactiv engine which produces 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque with the torque coming in at 2,000 rpm.
The power is put down to the road through Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD that measures road conditions 200 times a second thanks to 22 different sensors. All of this tech adjusts power distribution to account for wheel slip in all conditions. The clever system also moves the power around each wheel to limit understeer during more enthusiastic driving.
The i-ACTIV AWD system sends as much as 50 percent of Mazda CX-9’s power to the rear wheels through a six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission.
On top of the new more powerful, efficient Skyactiv powertrain Mazda has also given the CX-9 comprehensive interior and exterior changes.
Mazda have improved their interior and exterior design over recent years and the CX-9 is a great example of the ground Mazda have covered closing the gap in quality to their competitors.
While the design inside remains pleasantly simplistic, it’s the choice of materials that Mazda have used that elevates the interior design on the CX-9.
Customers can pair Japanese rosewood accents with aluminium and leather around the interior. From the images the interior looks like quite a pricey place to be due to the materials and level of quality but what you can expect from Mazda is great value for money for potential buyers.
The Mazda CX-9 comes with a seven or eight-inch Mazda Connect touchscreen infotainment system which runs a very sophisticated system and rises out of the dashboard.
The system works using both touchscreen functions and a center-mounted commander control. Mazda Connect features radio, phone, navigation and diagnostic functions as well a as voice control feature.
The driver also has an available 4.6-inch, full-color TFT screen in the gauges for many of these information readouts in addition to Active Driving Display, a full-color head-up display projected onto the lower windshield for readouts from the navigation, cruise control and other functions.
The Mazda CX-9 also features a new 12-speaker Bose premium audio system, two 2.1-amp USB ports in the back and of course seven seats with what looks like ample room for adults.
Prices are still to be announced but the Mazda CX-9 appears to offer a promising package and is expected to arrive by spring 2016.