The newest vehicle 2018 Mazda CX-9 borrows a lot from the Mazda Koeru concept. Among full-size SUV crossovers, the Mazda CX-9 remains a popular choice. The car, after making debut in 2007 has sold in good numbers in various markets. Based on the Ford CD3 platform, the model got a facelift in 2016. Both exterior styling and powertrain have got enhanced.
2018 Mazda CX-9 – Kodo Design Language
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 follows the company’s much-hyped company’s Kodo design language. Of course, the production vehicle is less aggressive looking than the Koeru concept. But, the major design elements are still present in the 2018 CX-9. The slender headlamps add a bit of stylishness and larger front grille also enhances the visual appeal. The rear part evokes the image of Koeru Concept more closely. It can be fitted with 20 or 18-inch wheels. Available exterior colors include Snowflake White Pearl, Soul Red, Jet Black, and Titanium Flash etc. The new car weighs less than the previous model. The presence of black plastic cladding beneath the car gives it a rugged SUV type look. There are 4 trims- Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature.
The cabin of 2018 Mazda CX-9 has also been spruced up to an extent and it looks quite premium. The first thing that catches your eyes is the redesigned dashboard. Now the cabin looks lavish owing to liberal usage of wood and aluminum inserts. The company also offers exclusive customization options for buyers of CX-9. You will also like the fact the cabin is very quiet. The Mazda says it has deployed numerous sound canceling materials in the cabin. The deep door pockets, and big center console will let you store lots of items for long trips. The second row is quite roomy and third row is decent for teens and kids.
The Mazda has spruced up the safety features in 2018 CX-9 as well. Its i-ActiveSense system now comes with enhanced versions of Blind Spot Monitoring and Radar Cruise Control. You also get Lane-Keep Assist, Distance Recognition Support, High Beam Control, Forward Obstruction Warning and Smart City Brake Support.
The car is also going to satisfy entertainment lovers. There will be a touchscreen to control Mazda Connect infotainment system. It is compatible with Bluetooth. There are two USB ports at back. You may opt for a premium Bose 12 speaker audio system.
2018 Mazda CX-9 – SkyActive Turbocharged Engine
It may seem a tad puzzling that Mazda chose to use a new engine with less output in 2018 CX-9. However, the company is hopeful that its new SkyActive turbocharged 2.5-liter engine will help the CX-9 2018 outshine the previous version. It now makes around 230 horsepower. The car is also expected to be really fuel efficient. This engine is clubbed with a six-speed automatic transmission unit.
2018 Mazda CX-9 – Price, Availability and Final Statment
The exact release date of 2018 Mazda CX-9 is not known. However, it could be released in late 2017. The pricing may begin at $33,000. The top trim price may be close to $46,000.
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is an enticing full-size crossover SUV that boasts of many enhancements. The exterior is pretty attractive owing to the incorporation of the elements of Koeru Concept. Mazda has also done a nice job of sprucing up the cabin, which looks refined and offers good insulation from external noise. The engine may look a tad underpowered on paper, but it is actually a good performer and offers enhanced fuel economy. The reduction in body weight also works in its favor, as it is. It will lock horns with rivals like Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot upon release.