LA 2015: New 2017 Mazda CX-9 Is Literally on Lockdown

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

You’ll excuse us if the new 2017 Mazda CX-9 photos we took lack a little substance. Mazda’s newest crossover was on lockdown by the automaker in Los Angeles on Tuesday, allegedly because competing engineers were a little to eager to snap pictures underneath the new girl’s sheet metal.

Whether we’re allowed to take pictures of it now or later, Mazda’s newest crossover (presumably) gets a whole host of the automaker’s latest and greatest including its new 2.5-liter, turbocharged SKYACTIV four cylinder that makes 250 horsepower* and 310 pound-feet of torque.

The new three-row crossover sports a long hood, but short overhangs, which keeps the crossover at a somewhat manageable 199.4 inches long. According to Mazda, the new CX-9 is about an inch shorter than the outgoing model despite having a 2-inch longer wheelbase.

The CX-9 will sport 18- or 20-inch wheels — depending on your flair for drama — but even larger shoes look a little small in the crossover’s wheel arches. (Perhaps that’s due to the cladding around the wheel wells.)

Mazda says that the CX-9 has lost a football player in overall weight — around 200 pounds in front-wheel drive configuration, 300 pounds in all-wheel drive spec — despite having more than 50 pounds of sound-deadening material below the floor alone.

The CX-9 will sport a suite of safety tech, including adaptive cruise, blind spot monitoring, lane-keep assist and autonomous emergency braking, including three different systems to avoid front collisions — city braking, distance recognition control and smart braking over 9 mph.

According to Mazda, the CX-9 will go on next spring. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

* The CX-9 makes 250 horsepower on 93 octane. It makes 227 horsepower on 87 octane. Who has access to 93 octane and better still, who buys a CX-9 and pumps it full of ultra premium every time?

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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Nov 19, 2015

    Lots o pics here, by the way. The interior is just vastly better over the old one, especially with that plum leather! But it sure looks like a lot of heavy car to be pushed around by a 2.5. Leg room looks limited for those not up front, as well.

  • 50merc 50merc on Dec 09, 2015

    In 1956, as I recall, I read a piece in Motor Trend or some such mag a report on driving the new Oldsmobile. The writer noted how nicely the car accelerated on part throttle, and an Olds engineer said "People buy horsepower but use torque". How true. It's so nice when a car feels effortlessly powerful.

  • Aja8888 Folks, this car is big enough to live in. Dual deal: house and car for $7 large.
  • Astigmatism I don't think tax credits will put me in this league, but if I could swing it, I would 1000% go for a restomod EV Grand Wagoneer:
  • FreedMike I like the looks of the Z, but I'd take the Mustang. V8s are a disappearing breed.
  • Picard234 I can just smell the clove cigarettes and the "oregano" from the interior. Absolutely no dice at any price.
  • Dartdude The Europeans don't understand the American market. That is why they are small players here. Chrysler Group is going to die pretty soon under their control. Europeans have a sense of superiority over Americans that is why the Mercedes merger didn't work out and almost killed Chrysler. Bringing European managers aren't going to help. Just like F1 they want our money. We need Elon Musk to buy out Chrysler, Dodge and Ram from Stellantis.