2017 Mazda CX-9 is a promising new crossover with a lot of panache
Mazda has been a fairly successful automaker in North American markets and has consistently come up with sedans, SUVs and crossovers to compete with top dogs in their industry for the last 2-3 decades. Maintaining their momentum has been quite an achievement in itself. 2017 Mazda CX-9 follows up on its previous editions which have been in production for over 10 years now. Having collaborated with Ford previously, on many projects including the CX-9, has given this model a unique identity of its own. Engineering, aesthetics, and driving pleasure all have been balanced into an overall formidable product.
2017 Mazda CX-9 Bold and daring exteriors
Exteriors of this 2017 Mazda CX-9 is about muscle, curves and a distinct poacher-like instinct. The crossover has an athletic, toned body, with smooth and tense curves that add a certain element of versatility to its aesthetic quality. A typical shield-like grille compliments the sharp, front-leaning nose that gives the CX-9 a hawkish look. Below the new headlights in the lower front is a pair of vertical air intakes that complete its predatory appearance.
A thin air vent below the grille adds more detail to it and is flanked by a pair of LED fog lamps. The rear end is possibly sharper than the front, with some bold curves meeting the wheelbase in a single, uninterrupted dome that has sharp edges with a rear bumper, LED taillights and a tailgate that complete the crossover’s look. The final look achieved is somewhat resembling a bullet. Impeccable curves highlight the 2017 Mazda CX-9, which can be overwhelming and adds the impression of thoroughbred power beneath the hood.
2017 Mazda CX-9 Executive Interiors
The interiors of the CX-9 may not be fancy, but it is not shy of being stylish either. A trademark Mazda 3-spoke steering wheel comes with a host of buttons with designated actions to make the driver feel in control. A pop-up LCD screen infotainment console controls features like Advanced Navigation, parking assistance, smartphone and Wi-Fi connectivity. But the dashboard is also fitted with a separate media player which has iPod and USB connectivity and a DVD changer.
There are numerous other buttons to control the electric power windows and front seats. The upholstery is done in warm creamy beige toned leather which extends as a second tone beneath the basic black one on the upper dashboard. Some new features have been added to the 2017 Mazda CX-9 like Active Driving Display, Mazda Connect for on-demand 24-hour assistance from Mazda, and an i-activsense safety system. Regular safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, an ABS and airbags for all seats.
2017 Mazda CX-9 Revamped drivetrain
For previous editions of CX-9, Mazda used a 3.7 litre V6 Ford engine but company officials have already declared they have decided to do away with Ford engines, now that they have developed their own range of 4-cylinder engines called SkyActiv. Mazda engineers feel a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine would be ideal for the size of the 2017 Mazda CX-9. This engine can be expected to generate more than the 273 HP and 270lb ft of torque that the earlier Ford V6 could belt out, but with better fuel efficiency.
2017 Mazda CX-9 Debut and price range
It is quite tricky to determine an exact figure for the price of the 2017 CX-9, but it can be safely assumed that starting cost for this car could be around $31,000.