If you’re not already a fan of the Mazda CX series, the upcoming innovations of the 2017 CX-9 are likely to convert you. If you are already a fan, these improvements are sure to make you bubble over with anticipation. While there will be dozens of improvements — including many that have yet to be made public — there are a few we’re especially excited about. Here are the three most exciting updates expected for the 2017 Mazda CX-9.
1. A Fully Revamped Design
The CX-9 series saw its last design overhaul back in 2012, and those improvements have continued to entice customers over the last few years. The 2017 model, however, is going back to the drawing board to give customers dozens of new improvements. The design overhaul includes every major facet of the CX-9, including the car’s interior and exterior.
The chassis and other external materials are being made of lightweight yet durable materials. The exterior design itself will simultaneously build on and streamline the core aesthetics of the previous model. It’s also known that the interior is receiving a major re-design, but the specifics and optional features have yet to be released to the public. Despite that, consumers in the know expect that the interior of the CX-9 will be nothing short of impressive.
2. SKYACTIV Engine
The single most important change for the CX-9 is its new engine. Integrating SKYACTIV technology along with other advances of recent years, this six-cylinder, turbocharged, 2.5-litre engine will be able to generate a whopping 320 horsepower. Better yet, Mazda has indicated that these specifications are still being improved.
Other engine specs, such as torque, are currently unknown. It has also been indicated that there will be a second engine option, and, if Mazda follows tradition, this alternative engine will provide increased performance at the cost of fuel efficiency. At this point, however, that’s only speculation; the details of the alternative engine have yet to be revealed to the public.
3. Improved Fuel Economy
A number of changes are coming together to dramatically improve the fuel economy of the CX-9. Most notably, a lighter curb weight and the use of SKYACTIV technology — a Mazda-exclusive series of engine, transmission, and other changes aimed at improving both power and fuel economy — will allow the 2017 CX-9 to jump up to 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway. Compare that to the specs of the current iteration of 17 miles per gallon city and 23 highway, and it’s clear that this is truly a substantial improvement.
Price and Release Schedule
Excited to buy your own? The 2017 Mazda CX-9 is expected to be available for purchase as of November 2016. Currently, the price at launch is estimated to be in the $30,000 to $38,000 range.
While the automotive industry has plenty of exciting innovations slated for the next few years, the total re-design of the Mazda CX-9 is of special note. It’s expected that the 2017 model will be one of the pace-setters for the 2016/2017 release year.