The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is set to receive an update comprising a svelte new form and premium appeal. The manufacturer says that this edition becomes the largest and most powerful Sports Utility Vehicle in its category. It has three rows and seats seven passengers, falling in the same category with other midsize crossovers like Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer.
The Mazda’s sec-gen CX-9 crossover carries forward all the driving dynamics befitting of a Mazda. It measures 199.40 inches long, about 1.20 inches shorter than its immediate sibling. Its wheelbase stretches to 2.17 inches, so it benefits passenger leg room along with entry/exit from the rear.
2018 Mazda CX-9 – ‘Soul Motion’ Design
The second-generation Mazda XC-9 gets a svelte new suit. It receives Mazda’s “Soul Motion” design ethos, where its sheet metal emphasizes organic shapes, sweeping forms as well as the idea of movement at rest. Up front, the big grille serves to add the premium cred but does not seem to be overboard. The Mazda’s forward stance and tapering roof make it appear as if it is smaller than it really is. Its rear section also seems pretty thanks to the rear lip underneath the window and the horizontal treatment of the taillights. It comes with dual exhaust outlets, which further emphasize its sporty nature.
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is a three-row, seven-passenger seating SUV. The adult occupants fit well inside the second row, although the third row is suited for kids. The SUV’s front seats are spacious, plus the area feels commanding due to a wide console. A rotary dial and auxiliary buttons are nestled in the center console.
They control the car’s dash-mounted standard infotainment display. We noticed that the viewpoint is good and the left window is broad enough to rest an arm. The latest Mazda CX-9’s traits reflect that of the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, especially regarding cargo room. However, the new crossover SUV offers up to 71.2 cubic feet when the second and third rows are flipped.
2018 Mazda CX-9 – Engine Options
While almost every Mazda version offers V-6 power, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 brings a four-cylinder turbo. The Mazda says the motor displaces 2.5 liters and produces 227 HP. It generates something in between on California’s 91-octane fuel, running 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds. It also passes through the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds at 88 mph.
This torque translates into a firm thrust that enables it to spurt into holes in traffic. The Mazda tells us that using a four rather than the previous 3.7-liter V6 saves almost 132 pounds. The front-wheel-drive versions weigh about 4054, representing a 269-pound loss. On the contrary, All-Wheel-Drive CX-9 Signature models measure 4336 lbs., which represents 223 pounds less than the previous CX-9. The reduced mass and downsized motor will prove handy in boosting EPA fuel economy.
Last year, the AWD models were rated at 16 city/22 highway mpg and 17city/24 highway mpg for FWD models. Besides, the Mazda will include a cooling system to enhance real-world fuel economy. The supposed system reduces combustion temperatures.
Expected Release Date and Cost of the 2018 Mazda CX-9
We anticipate the 2018 Mazda CX-9 to grace the auto showrooms this coming August. When it comes to pricing, we do not think that Mazda CX-9 strays too far from the outgoing model. Thus, it may carry a price range of $32,460 to $45,255. The Mazda offers great incentives on the new 2018 Mazda CX-9. So, stay tuned because we will bring you more info regarding new deals that come soon.