The Mazda CX-3 and CX-5 have done well for the Japanese automaker, especially considering the amount of competition. The crossover segment is still the fastest growing in the automotive market and with SUV sales trending upwards, Mazda has decided it’s time to move in on the market. The automaker is delivering on a much larger SUV in the form of the 2017 Mazda CX-9.
The Mazda CX-9 began production in Hiroshima, Japan not long ago and is set to go on sale this spring. While the automaker hasn’t released pricing just yet, expect it to rival that of competing SUVs.
Under the hood of the Mazda CX-9 is a 2.5-liter four cylinder, effectively replacing the 3.7-liter V6. That engine pumps out 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque on regular gasoline. The new CX-9 SUV features Mazda CONNECT, a seven- or eight-inch touchscreen, navigation, music streaming services, and much more.
Mazda’s latest SUV has been designed for the United States where it’s expected to sell at least 50,000 units per year, if not more. In all, Mazda predicts 80 percent of the CX-9’s sales will be on American shores.
Capable of seating up to seven, the CX-9 is the largest vehicle on Mazda’s lineup, which also features the popular MX-5 Miata and Mazda3.
We here at Hawk Joliet can’t wait for the arrival of the latest Mazda CX-9 SUV!