The second generation Mazda CX-9 debuted at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Familiar styling might remind you of the SUV’s smaller siblings throughout the Mazda lineup, especially the CX-5, thanks to the KODO design language that’s been leaving it’s mark on all of Mazda’s updated vehicles. To be clear, we are not complaining, the new CX-9 is an improvement over the previous generation in the looks department. If the three-row crossover was wearing German badges it might just be able to sneak past the bouncer and into the luxury party without alerting anyone to its true underpinnings.
Under the hood, Mazda’s largest crossover will get a Skyactiv turbocharged 4-cylinder that displaces 2.5L and makes 250 hp when drinking 93 octane (227 hp on 87 octane) and 310 lb-ft of torque. According to Mazda, the latter comes on around 2000 rpm, which should provide a very useable torque band. The Skyactive engine will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and an optional AWD system that can allocate up to half of the power to the rear wheels. Mazda also says the second generation CX-9 has shed some pounds, 198 for FWD models and 287 for AWD versions.
Inside, the CX-9 received more sound deadening material and continues Mazda’s trend of producing interiors worthy of cars that sell for thousands more. We can’t wait for more information on the 2016 CX-9, including pricing. On paper, the new SUV promises to be a real contender when it goes on sale in summer 2016. Stay tuned until we can get our hands on one and put it through the ringer in one of our real-world video reviews. Until then, check out all of our other coverage of the 2015 L.A. Auto Show. Also be sure to check out the 2016 Mazda CX-3 in the video below to see just how much Mazda has been on point with its new vehicles.