With the KODO styling trend, fuel-efficient Skyactiv principles, sharp steering and handling, the Mazda CX-9 seems to represent sportier seven-seat crossover SUV on the market. But with sportiness, this model also brings the level of luxury which satisfies growing demands while also includes all modern connectivity and safety features. The upcoming version of this popular family vehicle won’t lose the focus on the mentioned features but 2018 Mazda CX-9 might also move the step forward.
New for 2018:
Mazda is not generous with details about the new CX-9 and it won’t likely be with the changes as this model was all-new for the 2016 model year. However, what might be the biggest change is the addition of the diesel engine like in the new-generation of the CX-5. Other upgrades could include new color options, trim and safety updates.
2018 Mazda CX-9: Design
The current version of the Mazda’s seven-passenger SUV represents the freshest expression of the lovely KODO design language which will slightly evolve in the new CX-5 version. The new version of CX-9’s will get more KODO lines but will also share a lot of design cues with the current model. However, the KODO modifications in which we will enjoy on the new CX-5 won’t likely be seen on the 2018 Mazda CX-9. This model is relatively new for that level of changes and the 2019 model year might bring them. What, the new SUV should get is a new color option that Mazda bringing with the new CX-5. With that, the CX-9 might also gain the new set of wheels while it should not change the other aspects of its styling.
Interior and Features:
Inside, the new Mazda CX-9 won’t change much as well and it shouldn’t as it already sets the benchmark for its class in terms of build quality and functional design. The dash of this model seems to have all elements just in the right place and its controls are also easy to use.
With the great build quality also comes the high comfort and front and middle row passengers will enjoy in supportive seats and enough space. On the other hand, the rear most seats won’t be so comfortable and the cargo space won’t be the best in class as well.
However, Mazda will equip this model with the latest tech and safety advantages plus class expected convenience features. The model will include the latest version of Mazda’s Connect infotainment system with either 7- or 8- inch screen. Premium leather upholstery, power and heated seats, trim accents will also be available as well as the advanced safety features. The model will get the latest version of the low-speed emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, surround view, etc.
2018 Mazda CX-9: Powertrains
What is not the question when it comes to powertrains, is the fact that the 2018 Mazda CX-9 will be a great to drive thanks to the firm handling and responsive power steering. It is also clear that the 2.5-liter inline-4 engine will again power this model likely with the 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Again, it’s not also the question would Mazda offer the diesel engine option like in the new CX-5 but it isn’t clear when this engine would be available. It is possible that CX-9 diesel will arrive for the 2018 model year but it might also come for the 2019 model year.
The diesel-powered CX-9 will provide high torque at a low rpm and better fuel economy. It could be a 2.2-liter diesel engine which will power the new CX-5 with likely 173 hp and 310 pound-feet of torque.
2018 Mazda CX-9: Arrival, Price
The release date of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 is expected in the second half of this year. The price should start from around $34, 000.