The all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 has been spied testing in the US, just a few months out from the big family SUV’s global premiere.
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The new model, which will replace the recently facelifted first-generation CX-9 now making its eighth tour of the Australian market, is expected to debut at November’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

These photos, published on American website Carscoops, reveal more than a few of the styling cues we'll see on the new CX-9 when it hits markets in 2016.


As expected, the new CX-9 will take its inspiration from the mid-sized CX-5 and the compact CX-3, with the flowing ‘Kodo’ design language stretched across the much larger body of this new family hauler.

Rivalling models like the big Toyota Kluger and Nissan Pathfinder, the 2016 CX-9 will again feature a seven-seat layout, although we might expect this new model to offer greater space in the third row than the current model.

And, despite the efforts of Mazda’s CX-9 development team to disguise the fact with this spied prototype, we can expect a larger rear-quarter window than the small triangle shown here. Our tip: watch for the CX-3’s wraparound design to feature.

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Above: Mazda's popular new CX-3 compact SUV.

As for powertrains, a CarAdvice interview with Mazda marketing chief Masahiro Moro last year suggests the company could look to turbo-charged four-cylinder petrol power as it moves away from the current model’s Ford-derived V6 engine.

Mazda has yet to confirm details on that front, but it appears diesel, at least, is unlikely to appear.

“With the CX-9, the main market is the USA. In general, these customers don’t have a strong preference towards diesel engines. So probably the main engine should be a petrol engine in my opinion,” Moro said.

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Above: the current Mazda CX-9, which launched in 2007.

Watch for the new CX-9 to make its debut in November, with an Australian launch likely to occur in the first half of 2016.

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