Editor's Note: The redesigned Mazda CX-9 will debut as a 2016 model. Read our preview for full details and pricing.
The model's latest changes are set to bring the automaker's largest crossover to a new level of refinement. Its design embodies the most recent iteration of Mazda's Kodo "Soul of Motion" design theme. Under its hood, a new 2.5-liter turbo engine, dubbed the SKYACTIV 2.5T, will be 20% more efficient than the outgoing 3.7-liter V6.
The CX-9 also gains a full suite of active safety technology as part of the available i-ACTIVSENSE package. The option adds blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping, low-speed collision mitigation and automatic high beams.
Pricing & Release Date
Official pricing for the 2017 CX-9 is still a long way off. At this time, we expect it to be fairly consistent with the redesigned 2016 model, which has been priced from $32,420 with destination. At the high end, CX-9 Signature models start at $44,915.
While these prices are on par with segment leaders such as the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, top-spec prices are a considerable step up from the outgoing generation. For example, the CX-9 Signature starts a whopping $7,410 higher than the Grand Touring model from last year.
In terms of release date, no official info has been released yet regarding the 2017 Mazda CX-9. Based on the scheduled launch of the 2016 model, we're currently estimating a Spring 2017 timeframe for next year's model.
Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
Pictured: 2016 CX-9 (Source: Mazda)