2016 Mazda CX-9 Redesigned — SKYACTIV & Kodo

By | 06/06/2014

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 will probably be released in the end of 2015 or the beginning of 2016. The new model will be a full redesign, but its details are still kept in the dark. There are some speculations and rumors about the features it will have, but regardless of that we are sure that the Mazda will not disappoint. The new model will follow the basic lines in Kodo design which is used in all new Mazda models, but the 2016 CX-9 will also be distinctive, innovative and modern. The thing with this manufacturer is that it is always pushing the boundaries, so its new models are always a surprise; no matter how informed you get before the release. That will be the case with the 2016 Mazda CX-9, as well. There are not many details about its exterior and cabin features, but we are sure they will be top-notch, stylish and futuristic. Another novelty about this SUV is that it will also get a new engine which will be more compact and efficient. This means that they will stop using the Ford’s V-6 unit and move on to a more compact one. Also, the new CX-9 will have a vast use of SKYACTIV technology on essential body parts like platform and engine, which was expected given that it is an excellent technology and a proven quality. All in all, we are in for a treat when this model gets out of the shadows.

Current Mazda CX-9

Current Mazda CX-9

2016 Mazda CX-9 SKYACTIV Body Design

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 will benefit from the famous SKYACTIV technology. This term is used for all innovative technologies that Mazda is currently using that have the goal of improving the efficiency and performance of the model. This means that the new SUV will use a lot of light, but sturdy materials which will provide enough support for the vehicle, but they will also reduce the weight in order to decrease fuel consumption. In addition, the SKYACTIV technology develops more fluent and aerodynamic body shapes in order to make the model more agile, with better performance and also keep on the eyes. All this features, among many others, are part of the SKYACTIV technology and they will all be incorporated in the new 2016 Mazda CX-9. As for the appearance, it is too early to say how exactly the new model will look from both inside and out, but the SUV will surely be designed following the basic lines in the famous Kodo design. The new model should look refreshed, modern and dominant, just like more or less every Mazda does.

Current Mazda CX-9

Current Mazda CX-9

Powertrain Of 2016 Mazda CX-9

Like we mentioned before, the biggest change on the 2016 Mazda CX-9 will be its engine. The new SUV will not use the Ford’s 3.7-liter V-6 engine that can generate 273 horsepower and 270lb-ft of torque. Instead, it will use a turbocharged 2.5-liter SKYACTIV inline-four gas engine that can produce around 320 horsepower. There is a possibility of another, more powerful unit offered, but at the moment we can’t say anything for sure. The rumors say that the second engine offered will be a new V-6 engine that is currently in development. The new model will have improved performance, agility and handling, as well as a better fuel economy. As for the transmission, the 2016 CX-9 will use a shiftable six-speed automatic gearbox only, which can be paired with either front-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive. The rumors about the hybrid powertrain are false, as the manufacturer has no intention of offering something like that. However, the non-USA market will probably get a diesel option, and such choice might even cross the pond, since the competition is making the same strategic move. This, of course, is still unconfirmed, so we will have to wait more to see what happens.

2016 Mazda CX-9 Release And Price

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 will be released by the end of 2015 or at the beginning of 2016 the latest. As for the price, there are no official announcements regarding this matter at the time, but some rumors claim it will be significantly higher than the current model costs. From our point of view, the 2016 Cx-9 is announced to have a lot of innovative details and improvements, but since the engine has been downsized and with regards to the competition in this market segment, we believe such move would be slightly foolish, so we are keeping our fingers crossed for a reasonable price tag. 

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