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

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
la 2015 new 2017 mazda cx 9 is literally on lockdown

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.

  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂