If you have high demands for the seven-passenger crossover SUV, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 should be on the top of your consideration list. This model will feature sophisticated exterior and interior design plus it will add modern tech and safety features. Responsive steering and agile handling combined with strong engines will provide the comfortable and exciting ride. However, like in the new CX-5, Mazda might also add the diesel engine option into the game.
2018 Mazda CX-9: Notable External Aspects
The Japanese automaker won’t go for a complete redesign of its exteriors. This model was redesigned for the 2016 model year and minimal changes are expected on model’s appearance. The front fascia will sport that tradition 6 bar horizontal grille with chrome inserts and Mazda logo in the center.
A couple of air intakes are placed in the body colored front bumpers which also houses a couple of led fog lamps to help driving in poor weather conditions. 2018 Mazda CX-9 should add new color options and new wheel design should also be available.
The CX-9 has opted for standard aluminum 18-inch wheels but Mazda also provides optional 20 inches as well.
Internal Design specifications
Expect the 2018 CX-9 to spruce up its interior decors with the fresh materials and textures. A 3-row crossover by all means, Mazda houses up to seven people inside its cabin. Noteworthy to mention is that the final row does get cramped for leg room making it apt for children rather than adults.
A special mention should go to its infotainment which houses a 7-inch multi-information touchscreen display. Upgraded version will be available with the 8-inch screen. Other notable features in 2018 CX-9 include push button ignition system, dual zone climate control, premium upholstery, comfortable and heated seats, etc.
Safety aspects of the 2018 CX-9:
Safety is a priority and Mazda believes so as well. In that context, this model will get the long list of active safety features. Available will be the surround view system, blind-spot with the rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist etc.
2018 Mazda CX-9: Under the hood
The turbocharged engine that power current model will also sit under the hood of the 2018 Mazda CX-9. Known to provide a lot of low end torque, this 2.5-litre V6 will generate close to 250 HP of power and 310 lb-ft of torque. This V6 pushes the crossover from 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds clocking a top speed of 133 mph. Sources speculate the availability of a stronger 300HP power unit, yet nothing has been confirmed by this Hiroshima-based company.
As of now, another 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine could be made available as the more fuel efficient alternative. It should be capable of producing around 170 HP of power with the torque of around 310 pound-feet.
2018 Mazda CX-9: Price and Release Date
2018 Mazda CX-9 might face stiff competition from Toyota’s Highlander and Honda’s Pilot, and Nissan’s Pathfinder. With such high market competition, Mazda is looking to price its CX-9 a bit aggressively starting at $34,000. This vehicle is set to hit world market by late 2017 or early 2018.