Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders suggested to CarAdvice that there could be a gap to be filled in between the smaller and larger SUVs in its range.
“What would a CX-7 look like?” Benders posited. “How many people would it carry?”
Benders raised his eyebrows at such suggestions.
“That would be interesting,” he said with a grin.
When asked if a new CX-7 that would perform exactly those tasks was on his hit-list, Benders replied: “I ask for a lot of things.”
The CX-9 – which is expected to be replaced by an all new model in the coming 18-24 months – is starting to lose momentum in the sales race against newer competitors, according to Benders.
“There’s been a bit of a rise in diesel. I guess Santa Fe is doing alright with their diesel.”
When asked if a diesel could ever eventuate in the current CX-9, Benders gave a further hint that their might be a new model to offer family buyers the oil-burning option they desire.
“No [there won’t be a diesel] - not in CX-9,” he said. “It’s a bit like the Kluger’s problem. It’s engineered for a left-hand-drive market.”
Mazda has sold 2037 CX-9s so far in 2014, with sales down more than 20 per cent year-to-date. Sales of the CX-5, however, are booming – 12,901 units have been sold this year, up 10 per cent on last year’s figure in a market that is down overall.
Mazda previously sold a five-seat CX-7 model in Australia, but that car was replaced by the lighter, far more efficient and smaller CX-5 in 2012.