The revised CX-9 follows on company’s hot streak of stylish new models like the Mazda3 and Mazda6 sedan. New LED lights and a slinky Kodo grille revamp the face of Mazda ’s largest and most expensive model.
The seven-seater CX-9 carries over its previous 3.7-liter V-6 in front or AWD configurations. Paired to the crossover’s singing engine is a premium Aisin six-speed automatic with sport and manual modes. A 60 mph sprint time in the mid 7 second range shows off the CX-9’s impressive chassis design – even without the SkyActiv banner that helps build buzz around the smaller CX-5 .
Refined but sporty damping helps this full-size Mazda crossover to be quite competitive in the $35,000 large crossover segment, and the new gearstick design is a classy touch.
Mazda is firmly in touch with premium buyer needs by the looks of the interior, and the CX-9’s revised cabin maintains the stylish vertical accent bars up the sides of the center stack. Touchscreen technology and rear-seat movies are offered in the plush Mazda CX-9, but what are its key advantages over the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander ?
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 Mazda CX-9, including the features and pricing by trim level and a large photo gallery of the new styling.
Exterior The revised 2013 Mazda CX -9, from what the images are showing us, will boast a much more refined face than the previous generation and Mazda’s new “KODO – Soul of Motion” design. The grille is no longer split into an upper and lower segment, and is only underlined in chrome instead of surrounded by it, giving the face a more adult, yet sporty look. We also see the elimination of the oddly shaped fog lamps on the 2012 model and they are replaced by a much more elegant-looking pair of (...) More
With the debut of the new Takeri Concept , Mazda has revealed the design language for their future Mazda6 sedan, but that isn’t the only new model the Japanese company has in their future plans. In a recent interview with Automotive News, Robert Davis - Mazda’s Senior Vice President of U.S. operations has announced that the company plans to unveil four redesigned models by 2014.
The first to arrive will be a major update for the CX-5 in the spring of 2012. It will be followed by a redesigned Mazda6 and redesigns of the Mazda3 ,MX-5 Miata , and CX-9 in 2013.
The big news is that these redesigned models will not only receive exterior and interior updates, but new lightweight platforms and new gasoline and diesel powertrains that boost power and fuel economy. By 2016, Mazda also plans to add stop-start, regenerative braking, and hybrid technologies.
The new platform developed for the four new models will be the first one developed solely by Mazda. The company has been using platforms shared with Ford Motor Co. for most of its vehicles, but since Ford sold its stake in Mazda in 2006, the Japanese company has announced it has no plans to share its new platforms and powertrain technologies for U.S. vehicles with Ford.
So soon after the Minagi concept was revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Mazda has come forth with details of the future production model. The Minagi was concocted as a preview version of the next CX model so the fact that the production model is called the CX-5 shouldn’t be too alarming to Mazda fans. The Mazda CX-5 will be the third model in the CX line-up, next to the CX-7 and CX-9, and will appropriately be the smallest one.
The CX-5 will be the first production vehicle to incorporate Mazda’s new design theme, ’KODO - Soul of Motion’ that was revealed with the Shinari concept. This new design theme includes a prominent new front view with a bolder family face and dynamic styling that conveys a strong sense of vitality and agility. The future SUV will also use the full range of breakthrough SKYACTIV technologies, including engines - both diesel and gasoline - transmissions, body, and chassis.
The future CX-5 will go on sale worldwide in 2012.
UPDATE 02/06/12: Mazda has finally unveiled the pricing details for the 2012 CX-5. Check out how much it costs after the jump!
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Mazda is primed and ready to hit the Geneva Motor Show with their latest concept, the Minagi. This new concept car previews the next generation CX-5 SUV and now, the Japanese automaker has finally pulled the covers off of the new concept SUV .
As seen in the Shinari concept , the design of the Mazda Minagi takes its cues from the automaker’s new ’Kodo’ design language.
The SUV’s front end has the same large grille and sharp headlight configuration seen in the Shinari. The grille comes with an outlined chromed “signature wing” that goes all the way through the headlight and defines the Minagi’s sharp styling, dynamic profile, and overall aggressive look. Just like the headlight’s, the Minagi’s taillights features the same slit-shaped design, like a ferocious car ready to pounce on the competition.
In terms of designing the Minagi using the brand’s new Kodo styling cue, the Japanese automaker was able to translate the essence of the new design, successfully communicating pent-up energy bursting with vitality as the vehicle nimbly navigates a sprawling urban cityscape.
"I felt a compact crossover SUV was the perfect vehicle to express agility and focused movement the flexibility of four limbs moving in unison, and an upright posture,” said Masashi Nakayama, the designer of the Minagi concept.
Inside the Minagi, the concept has plenty of high-end features that also taps into the Kodo’s seamless flowing design. The cockpit comes with four upright satin chrome struts that serves as a support to the vehicle’s dashboard. The seats have been dressed in leather and is complemented by red stitching. The touchscreen interface on both the center console and the dash are stacked with high-tech features that serve as multi-function infotainment systems. Likewise, the Minagi’s instrument panel has sporty touches that include the three-spoke steering wheel and clock-like meters that emit a calming and subdued blue-ish hue.
Unfortunately, Mazda didn’t go into specifics regarding the concept’s technical aspect, saying only that the Minagi will feature the company’s new SkyActiv engine and SkyActiv transmission fitted to a SkyActiv-Body and chassis that merge comprehensive weight reduction with the assurance of ample safety features.
Check out gallery for all the new photos of the Mazda Minagi
We first heard about the CX-5 back in 2008 when Mazda began discussing its plans to expand their line and create a more well-rounded line-up. Two years later and those plans are finally being put to work as AutoCar reports that the newCX-5 is just about ready to be launched.
The new CX-5 is being designed after the Kazamai Concept that was unveiled at the Moscow Motor Show in 2008. The concept looked like a cross between a sports car and an SUV and highlighted the direction Mazda was taking when producing their next small compact crossover. Straight out of Star Trek, the Kazamai Concept’s design language was all, but ordinary.
Not only will the Mazda CX-5 boast an extravagant design concept, but it will also be doing its part for the environment, being the first production Mazda to be powered by the Sky engine. The SKY-G engine is a next-generation direct injection gasoline engine with greatly improved fuel economy and output due to enhanced thermal efficiency. The engine will work with i-stop, regenerative braking, and lighter vehicles to provide the owner with a 30-percent increase in fuel economy. The Mazda CX-5 will be at least 100kg lighter than its competitors.
Mazda will also be shadowing the new Land Rover Evoque by creating both three- and five-door versions.
Mazda revealed at the Toronto Auto Show the 2010 CX-7. The SUV comes with a subtle facelift and also new engine: a a 161 hp, naturally aspirated 2.5 litre four-cylinder that is also found under the hood of the 2009 Mazda6 and 2010 Mazda3.
The new engine comes with Front-Wheel Drive coupled to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Continuing as the top engine option is the familiar MZR 2.3L DISI Turbo (direct injection DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder) engine. Output remains the same, 244 hp at 5,000 rpm with 258 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm.
The exterior design of the 2010 CX-7 features revised front and rear fascias with the front adopting the larger five-point grille design similar in appearance to recently redesigned RX-8, MX-5 and Mazda3.
The Mazda CX-9 is a young model on the market. Even if just launched in 2007 the crossover became an instant success, just like any other Mazda model. For 2010 the CX-9 will be offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring and AWD and FWD versions. Prices will range from $28,635 to $34,045.
Like with all the Mazda models, the CX-9 features a Nagare inspired design: a bolder five-point grille, radiator grille, front combination lamps and fog lamps, larger, more aerodynamic side mirrors and a rear combination lamps that mimic the same Nagare-inspired texture as front lamps, while incorporating a new red lens at the bottom to show stability.
Under the hood there is a 3.7L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine that delivers a total of 273 hp @ 6250 rpm and 270 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm. The CX_9 comes with an Aisin-supplied six-speed Sport AT automatic transmission with manual-mode as standard equipment.
Here at Top Speed we love anything and everything that goes fast, so during our weekend on the Monterey peninsula we had to make a stop at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the MotoGP Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Once there we were pleasantly surprised when the track staff offered us the opportunity to take a ride around the prestigious racing circuit aboard one of Mazda’s modified safety cars. The lineup of matte black and white pace cars included an RX-8 four door sports coupe, a CX-7 crossover and the all new Mazda 6 .
At first we were a little disappointed not to see a Miata wearing the pace car livery, equipped with the fancy amber light bar and beefier tires allowing the trio of Mazdas to corner like champions and stay ahead of the two wheeled racers. However, after a quick trip in the CX-7 and Mazda 6 , we were absolutely convinced that the Miata’s fun to drive DNA runs rich throughout the entire automaker’s lineup.
When the track marshall told me to get into the CX-7, our thoughts were limited to, “what a bummer, we come all the way to California and we get stuck riding in the cow of the group", boy were we wrong. Inside the crossover everything was stock except for a circuit board to control the flashing lights and a roll bar that gave the bright blue Scroth 4 point racing harnesses a place to secure themselves to while we were strapped in tight to the leather wrapped seat. The only modification to the drive train of the Euro-spec CX-7 were a set of Brembo brakes and a set of plus sized forged TE-37 wheels from Volk Racing wrapped in sticky rubber.
Nevertheless, it seems that these basic modifications were enough to turn the CX-7 into a track day special. It was amazing how well the sports inspired crossover handled on the track. We were instantaneously blown away by how fast this little Sport-Utility could lap the circuit, and especially the way that the driver was able to tame the infamous corkscrew. We were surprised to find ourselves on the heels of the other safety cars, the driver was really hammering it. Truning in sharply, pumping the steering wheel like mad, clipping the apexes, pushing the CX-7 to its limit. The car did an amazing job of staying on track. Mazda has truly figured out a way to incorporate their zoom-zoom high performance attitude into even the most unlikely of products.
Check the gallery for more photos and details about each of the cars.
Mazda will bring three new models to the New York Auto Show and one of them is the redesigned 2010 Mazda CX-9.
The CX-9 is a seven-passenger, three-row crossover SUV with unique driving dynamics that are not found in its segment. For the 2010 model year, the CX-9 receives an exterior and interior facelift, added options and reinforced safety features, while further improving Zoom-Zoom driving characteristics.
The 2010 CX-7 crossover SUVs and MAZDASPEED3 high-performance compact 5-door will also make their North American debut.