The CX-9 is Mazda’s flagship crossover which has been released for the 2016 MY. The car is based on their latest SkyActiv platform and it uses some of the newest technologies available. However, it seems that a revised version might be revealed with the 2018 Mazda CX-9. So far the company didn’t confirm the rumors but it seems the revised model will come with a few upgrades. For starters, the car will add more safety features on the base trim level. It might also add some upgrades under the hood and to its running gear.
The only real drawback with the ongoing model is the limited amount of space inside the cabin. Unfortunately this is not going to change with a revision. Luckily though Mazda can improve the layout of the interior in order to offer either more room for passengers or slightly more trunk.
Unfortunately no matter the route they choose, it will be a larger compromise than the current model so it is safe to assume that most of the cabin will remain the same as before. The price is likely going to continue unchanged so expect a base model right around $32,000. The top end versions will go to as far as $47,000 which is still considerably cheaper than its rivals.
The exterior design
The CX-9 looks like a hot-hatchback on stilts and that’s great. The car has character and it definitely looks on par with the best out there. The 2018 Mazda CX-9 will likely continue the trend so don’t expect any large changes here.
They might add one or two new trim levels in order to better satisfy their customers. However, the changes are likely going to be kept to a minimum with new wheels and color options.
2018 Mazda CX-9 Inside the cabin
Here the CX-9 doesn’t really look, or feel, like a seven seats crossover. The driving position is definitely quite high but thanks to a rather high floor and smart dashboard, the driver feels just like in a low sedan. The center stack is quite high, the center console is wide and it completely separates the driver into a cockpit.
The instrument cluster, steering wheel, infotainment system and most of the controls are those on the Mazda6 and this is unlikely to change for the revision. However, some did suggest that Mazda’s adaptive cruise control and frontal collision warning won’t be offered just on the higher end models. Instead Mazda might make these standard features across the range which would definitely make it a much better deal than before.
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Under the hood
The great 2.5 liter turbocharged inline 4 gas engine will stay with the 2018 Mazda CX-9. This has been extensively engineered in order to deliver the best driving experience and not just numbers. Because of that it only offers 250 horsepower, on premium gas, but a massive 310 lb-ft of torque at just 2,000 rpm. This makes the CX-9 feel considerably faster than it really is. The great 6 speed automatic is also likely not going to change so expect the same 0 to 60 MPH time of just 7.2 seconds. There are going to be some changes though. It seems the new CX-9 might receive a diesel offering. This has already been seen on the smaller CX-5 and it should arrive on the CX-9 soon enough. The new generation SkyActiv-D 2.2 liter turbocharged diesel is currently known to make 173 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque at less than 2,000 rpm. This would not only offer a great driving experience. It would also be able to be considerably more efficient than the gas powertrain on the highway. Like its larger sibling, a 6 speed automatic will likely be the only choice for the US market.