On September 5, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) launched its 2018 CX-9 mid-size SUV.
The first-ever CX-9 debuted back in April 2006, offering a slightly larger frame than the already discontinued CX-7 along with three rows of seating. The current second-generation model, which was introduced in fall 2015, was assembled using Mazda’s KODO design and given a powerful appearance. With an exterior length of 5,065mm, the body was trimmed down by 30mm from the first CX-9. On the other hand, the wheelbase was extended by 55mm, providing more space in the interior especially in the rear seating.
The second-generation CX-9 was equipped with a newly developed 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline turbo engine, which was downsized from the 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V6 gasoline engine featured on its predecessor. This SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine generates 250hp/5,000rpm of maximum output and 42.8kgm/2,000rpm of maximum torque. For the second-generation model, Mazda reduced its vehicle weight by up to around 130kg, and improved its engine performance and fuel efficiency.
The recently introduced 2018 model features the latest advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). All 2018 CX-9 models come standardized with smart city brake support (SCBS) as part of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE technology. When driven at 30km/h or less, SCBS automatically stops the vehicle in emergency situations. The 2018 CX-9 also comes equipped with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert systems.
In addition, even the base model is loaded with features such as automatic on/off headlights, high-beam control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and rain-sensing wipers. The Sport Package comes with radar cruise control while the high-end Grand Touring features adaptive front light system and an active head-up display system with traffic sign recognition.
Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)