The new Mazda CX9 off-roader will be shown to the public for the first time at the 2012 Australian Motor Show in October.
The large SUV crossover gets a styling makeover featuring Mazda’s latest Kodo – soul of motion design language to bring it in line with the firm’s latest products, such as the Mazda CX5 crossover, Mazda 6 and facelifted Mazda MX5 sports car.
The current seven-seat Mazda CX9 is not sold in the UK, however, the car that is set to replace the spacious and practical people carrier-cum-SUV will make its way to these shores, with an introduction mooted for late 2013.
The Mazda CX9 is being show in Australian spec only and is powered by the firm’s 3.7-litre V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
By the time the car makes it to the UK, expect Mazda’s 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D turbodiesel engine to feature in both 150hp and 175hp guise, as well as the 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine, producing 165hp.
Benefiting from Mazda’s Skyactiv technology, the CX9 will be an efficient vehicle, despite its seating capacity and size. In the CX5, the 2.2-litre turbodiesel unit returns best fuel economy of 61.4mpg combined with CO2 emissions of just 119g/km.
Expect efficiency to be close to this in the larger, more practical Mazda CX9, thanks to the Japanese firm’s i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology.
The Mazda CX9 will be a technologically advanced vehicle too, boasting lots of hi-tech equipment and will follow the great strides Mazda has made in reducing weight, as well as keeping safety levels and efficiency high.
The Mazda CX9 will get a speech-recognition infotainment system, including voice-controlled satellite navigation and audio functions.
Safety in the new Mazda CX9 will be strong, with plenty of active measures. The car will get Mazda’s Forward Obstruction Warning System, Lane Departure Warning System and High Beam control System for the headlights.
As for passive safety, just like the CX5, the Mazda CX9 will incorporate the clever use of steel in its chassis to improve energy absorption and help the safety cell retain its shape – protecting vehicle occupants – in the event of a crash.
The Mazda CX5 received a full five-star crash safety rating from industry experts Euro NCAP thanks to its mix of excellent active safety systems and passive safety measures.
For more information on the Mazda CX9, check back closer to the vehicles launch on the 18October.
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