The second-generation Mazda CX-9 is currently one of the freshest models in its class. The company’s flagship SUV boasts a stylish exterior, comfortable interior and a new turbocharged powertrain. With its athletic driving experience, the CX-9 sets itself apart from the likes of Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. According to recent reports, the model is due to receive a number of enhancements for 2018. Expect this SUV to offer a wider array of safety and infotainment features, while adopting some interior tweaks. Rumor has it that the 2018 Mazda CX-9 is likely to hit the showrooms in mid-2017.
2018 CX-9 Design and Features
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 will benefit greatly from the brand’s “Soul of Motion” design philosophy. Moreover,the all-new 2018 CX-5 will be the brand’s latest model to adopt this design language. Mazda’s designers have managed to come up with a dynamic appearance that uses organic shapes and sweeping forms. Although it sports a huge front grille, the front fascia gives the CX-9 an elegant and stylish feel. Thanks to its tapering roofline, the vehicle appears smaller than it actually is. At the back, a pair of exhaust outlets and sleek taillights emphasize its sporty nature.
In terms of interior styling, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 will be a class-leading option in many respects. All models will come with three rows of seating in a 7-passenger configuration. A wide center console houses a rotary dial and auxiliary buttons that control the standard infotainment display. While first two rows offer impressive passenger space, the third row is suitable mostly for children. One of the CX-9’s rare disadvantages is its limited cargo space that lags behind most of the competition. As for the list of standard equipment,even the base Sport trim will get you some high-end features. Those include a 7-inch touchscreen display, 3-zone climate control, a rearview camera, 18-inch wheels, etc.
2018 Mazda CX-9 Specs
Under the hood of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 will be the recently introduced 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This dependable engine cranks out 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The only available transmission comes as a six-speed automatic. Buyers will be able to choose between standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. The CX-9’s towing capacity is rated at 3,500 pounds.
New Mazda CX-9 Pricing
When it comes to pricing, don’t expect the Mazda CX-9 2018 to bring any radical changes. The entry-level CX-9 Sport should cost around $32,500, while the range-topping 2018 CX-9 Signature model is likely to start at $45,000.