The second-generation Mazda CX-9 has been filmed in the canyons around Los Angeles.
As can be seen in the video, and earlier photos, the new CX-9 fully embraces the Kodo design language that’s been used successfully on the smaller CX-3 and CX-5 SUVs, as well as the rest of the Mazda range.
Compared to the current car, the new CX-9 seems to feature chunkier wheel arches, flagpole-style wing mirrors and longer rear doors. The new CX-9 is expected debut at the Los Angeles motor show, which takes place in November this year.
Industry rumours suggest that the new CX-9 will switch from the current car’s Ford-supplied V6 to a turbocharged version of the company’s in-house 2.5-litre SkyActiv four-cylinder petrol engine.
In 2014 when Masahiro Moro, Mazda’s global head of sales and marketing, talked to Car Advice about the next-generation large SUV, he fanned the flames of speculation when he noted that “turbocharging technology has improved a lot” since the time of the CX-7’s turbo 2.3-litre motor.
Whatever the case is, it’s unlikely that the new SUV will be offered with a turbo-diesel engine. “With the CX-9 the main market is the USA [and] … these customers don’t have a strong preference towards diesel engines,” Moro stated.