By on November 17, 2015

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Our friends over at AutoGuide have wonderful leaked photos of the new Mazda CX-9 that will be announced Wednesday.

The photos show a sleeker CX-9 than the current model, although not nearly as dynamic as the concept sketch released more than a month ago. A lower belt line and bigger windows should help the three-row SUV be a little brighter inside. We still can’t get much of a look at the car’s grille, but the headlights are clearly much sharper and the bumper has a whole lot going on there.

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The interior sports an updated and more visually interesting dash, although its hard to discern the materials involved. The dash’s upper surface appears to be textured, but that could also be grainy photos.

The car will be shown off Wednesday in LA, so expect better photos then. But for now, here’s the new 2017 Mazda CX-9.

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42 Comments on “LA 2015: New 2017 Mazda CX-9 Leaks Ahead of Reveal...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Not bad, the sleek rear is an improvement, as is the interior. But boy are the 3rd row people not gonna have much room. Thing looks pretty small.

  • avatar
    madman2k

    Porsche cayenne + tracing paper?

    Hey, looks good to me.

    So on these pop-up tablet-looking LCD screens – if you have the radio off, does the thing just stay recessed in the dash?

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      Mazda’s screens do not “pop-up.” They are up all the time. I don’t know what Audi’s or others that retract do.

      (Of course, this one may be a new one that does retract, but I doubt it.)

  • avatar
    make_light

    Ooooh I like this, has that cool wagon-y look going on (like the new Q7). If the CX-5 looked more like this I might be interested. But I don’t need three rows.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      Third row might be optional, or at the very least, you’re gonna want it down anyway because mid-size CUVs with third rows generally have no cargo space behind.

    • 0 avatar

      Yeah, I dislike CUV’s on principle, but this looks like a wagon in pictures. I keep hearing praise for how the new-ish 6 looks, but to me it looks like a cost-cut Infiniti with worse proportions.

  • avatar
    kvndoom

    I’m dying to know what’s under the hood. If they are still using Ford’s V6 it’s not a good sign on the engine development front.

    • 0 avatar
      Demetri

      I’d like to see a brand new 6-cylinder design that will trickle down to the rest of the lineup, but turbo is fine too.

      • 0 avatar
        kvndoom

        I hope they can greatly improve over their last effort. My MS3 convinced me to stay way at the back of the line for Mazda turbos.

      • 0 avatar
        redav

        The rumors hinted the demise of the V6, and even if they do keep one, it’s highly unlikely to appear anywhere else. The only thing that would make sense would be a sports car or a high-end luxury car, neither of which exist.

        A turbo-4 seems more likely based on industry trends, SkyActiv characteristics (like the 4-2-1 exhaust), and portability to other cars. A turbo-4 could easily drop into the 6 for its upgrade engine as well as into a Speed3.

        • 0 avatar
          jkross22

          Rumor mill has been that it will be powered by a turbo 4.

        • 0 avatar
          slance66

          Looks like a stretched CX-5. Not bad. If they boost the current 2.5, that could be a sweet powerplant. The 2.0. meh. I’d drop that boosted engine in the CX-5 too, for a Sport version of it.

        • 0 avatar
          Demetri

          Turbo does make the most sense, but it would be pretty cool if they bucked the trend. I’d even like to see them do like VW did with the Golf VR6 and squeeze a 6-cylinder in the Mazda3. From what I’ve read, there won’t be a fast Mazda3 or Mazda6 until their next redesigns (2 years probably), so just design the car around that big engine. Yeah, it’ll never happen.

    • 0 avatar
      colin42

      My guess is the 2.5ltr from the 6 for best fuel economy + 2.0 ltr turbo for power. A 2.0 ltr turbo would likely transfer to a speed version of the 3 & 6

  • avatar
    thegamper

    I recall seeing spy photos that made it look considerably larger than these press shots. I will hold out hope for a usable 3rd row. I think the safest engine bets are a turbo 4cyl but I suppose it would be possible to source a V6 from Yota.

  • avatar
    doublechili

    I guess hoping that this will be available with AWD and MT is totally unrealistic?

  • avatar
    nguyenvuminh

    I’m not into the CUV class but this is the best looking CUV in Mazda’s own line up. It’s also one of the more handsome CUV when compared to other makes as well, but that’s just my opinion. Still pissed they didn’t reconfigure the Mazda 5 to fit the Skyactiv engine but I understand the mini/microvan segment has no leg in the US mkt and Mazda didn’t see sufficient return on the necessary investment for such a move. But that’s an old story from an old man with old preference.

  • avatar
    TMA1

    Mazda interiors are getting better with every new release. Really impressed. Now if they’d just offer some more power.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      Tim Taylor agrees!

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      I fully expect the interior to be of high quality going of the 6 and CX3 recent models. Certainly a cut above the norm in the mid market segment.
      Style wise, an evolution of what was there before. I was expecting something with more oomph. The CX3 is gorgeous, where as this is just OK. Maybe it is the alloy wheel design that contribute to that. It was never the most spacious SUV, but at least it is honest with just 2 rear seats, and not trying to imply three could fit back there.

      • 0 avatar
        Drzhivago138

        You can always make a small car with polarizing styling, but as you go up, you need to have a more neutral look so you don’t alienate family buyers. Until you go all the way up to pickup trucks and then you can have a polarizing look again.

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    I know that its a dream but was hoping they would stay away from the 4cyl route. In real world I dont think they would meet my expectations for MPG. I have driven a Volvo XC90 and it is nice but during my short 5 mile test drive I averaged 16 mpg. I realize its a very limited sample but it is what it is. A 6 with a 9 speed would do wonders for the CX9

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    Wuz hoping for 3 inches taller, 6 inches longer, 3 inches wider. 6inch longer wheel base. 3 inche wider track front to rear.

  • avatar
    GiddyHitch

    Mazda had me at CX5 styling, rear air vents, and (hopefully) improved infotainment, but completely lost me once they went to turbo 4.

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    Watching the reveal. It looks really small for some reason.


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