CX-9 is the largest of Mazda’s CX crossovers, but it still isn’t a true full-size vehicle. It flirts with both full and mid-size, but that’s the least of its concerns. Largest concern of this crossover is the fact that it rides on an old platform with corresponding design. 2017 Mazda CX-9 should finally correct that as second generation models are coming by then.
The Engine range & Specs
Current CX-9’s are powered by a single powertrain option and it’s rather large 3.7L V-6 mill which produces 273 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. 2017 Mazda CX-9, however, should adopt the latest of Skyactiv technology of powertrains and downsize its engine at the same time. 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder with slightly lower power output, but much better efficiency seems like a perfect match for a large crossover which doesn’t exhibit true full-size measures.
Whether new models will again utilize 6-speed automatic transmission or will they change to 8-speed units remains to be seen. What is certain is the fact that all models will be offered with both front and all-wheel drive.
Design – Inside and Outside look
After the recent facelift, CX-9 certainly looks good enough and even manages to hide its age quite well. However, this chassis can’t hold out for much longer since it holds Mazda’s crossover in place since 2006. 2017 Mazda CX-9 will feature even more pronounced Mazda’s signature grille with more contemporary headlamps that are supposed to accompany it. Midsection will receive new, sleek creases, while foglight inserts are about to receive a modern vertical design. Things will change in similar manner around the back as well, where CX-9 is up for another contemporary finish with even larger tailgate than before.
Interior is supposed to go through a major overhaul too. Just like the exterior, inside of the cabin will receive some new cues and even materials, but overall level of refinement and tech-savviness should remain in place. More than half of available models will continue to offer leather-trimmed seats and only entry-level grade will come with cloth seats. Same will go for front seat heaters. 5.8-inch color touch screen display which is currently offered from the get-go should be enlarged by the time 2017 Mazda CX-9 gets to the dealers.
Most of the other features will be carried over, though, which means that mid to full-size crossover should continue to offer optional Bose premium sound system with 10 speakers, navigation and rear seat entertainment system with 9-inch monitor and a DVD player.
New CX-9 should update the safety features as well. Forward obstruction warning system, lane departure warning, blind-spot information system with rear cross-traffic alerts and all of other mandatory goodies like anti-lock brakes and stability control, for instance, should be joined by mandatory rearview camera, parking assist and adaptive cruise control.
2017 Mazda CX-9 Price & MPG
Current models aren’t exactly efficient, but we have already mentioned that they feature quite potent V-6 engine under their bonnets. New, turbo four engine should greatly fix the figures and push 2017 Mazda CX-9’s efficiency up by at least two or three points overall.
Price range, on the other hand, shouldn’t budge that much. New models will be more expensive – that much is certain – but not to extent that entry-level models will cost much more than $30,000. On the other hand, most expensive units shouldn’t cost much more than $35,000.
2017 Mazda CX-9 will evolve into something more modern, but not entirely different. Three row crossover should be more efficient in terms of fuel economy, but overall level of refinement won’t be changed at all. New design cues, however, could go a long way for the large crossover, but then again, every single Mazda already looks good as it is.
The biggest competitors are Toyota Highlander and 2016 Honda Pilot.