According to recent reports, the Company is working on the new generation 2018 Mazda CX-9. Amongst Mazda’s trio of SUVs, the CX-9 is one of the most capable models as it makes use of the ingenious SKYACTIV® technology.
2018 Mazda CX-9 – Exterior Features
The design is what concerns Mazda the most and the new-gen CX-9 will receive an upscale styling. According to the rendered images, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 will possess a muscle car-like stance on the front fascia. This brawny/mean character will be complemented by sharp arches in the grille and lower air vents.
The headlights will receive gentle curves downwards and integrate active LED daytime running lights on the top-most section. The Mazda will use rugged plastic finishers on the front bumper for laying out a sporty characteristic. However, the wheel arches and side body edges will also share the matte-finished plastic cladding.
The exterior color options would include Titanium Flash Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic, Jet Black Mica, Soul Red Metallic and Snowflake White Pearl Mica. Likewise, the optional exterior features will include rear privacy glass, intermittent windshield wipers, auto-dimming and heated mirrors.
The changes in the interior cabin will be also mainly focused towards sophistication and ergonomics. With the room for 7, this in-cab will offer a pleasant driving enjoyment with reduced noise, vibration and harshness levels.
The cockpit will be entirely driver-centric with intuitive and easy-to-use controls. Mazda will even revisit the wooden embellishments on the center console. However, giving the sloping roofline, the 3rd-row seats will get adequate headroom for comfortable seating. Furthermore, the front seats will feature power lumbar support with active head restraints.
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is expected to come improved on overall vehicle safety as well. The standard safety features on this model will include Hill Launch Assist, Roll Stability Control, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Seatbelt Pre-tensioners (with force limiters), Dynamic Stability Control, Rollover Protection and also a Dual-stage Airbags.
2018 Mazda CX-9 – Powertrain
The makers will retain the previous model’s powertrain in new 2018 Mazda CX-9 to keep pricing in check. This SKYACTIV®G 20 2.5T 4 cylinder engine will undergo revisions to produce outputs of more than 227 HP at 5,000 RPM and 310 lb-ft torque at 2,000 RPM. Oddly enough, this powertrain along with an SKYACTIV® 6-speed automatic transmission will be the sole choice offered.
With the availability of both FWD and AWD, mileage ratings will vary accordingly. With FWD, the figures are expected to stay close to 23 mpg city/ 28 mpg highway/ 26 mpg combined. These figures will drop down a tad bit with AWD and will remain around 22 mpg city/ 27 mpg highway/ 24 mpg combined.
2018 Mazda CX-9 – Trims and Pricing
The new-gen Mazda CX-9 is suspected of offering 4 different trims including Touring, Sport, Signature and also a Grand Touring. The base model might hold a starting price of $33,000 and the figures might reach up to $47,000 for range-topping trims.
Competitors and Availability
Finally, the Hyundai Santa Fe, GMC Acadia, and Toyota Highlander will come in a direct competition with new-gen Mazda CX-9. The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is expected to come around during the last quarters of 2017.