2008 Mazda CX-9 preview

Next month will see the release of the Mazda’s much anticipated CX-9. Sharing similar styling to that of its little brother, the CX-7, this mid-sized SUV is a more refined, sleek and less boxy SUV than its direct competitors.
Mazda CX-9
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cx9-03.JPGTargeted at the likes of Tribeca, Kluger, Territory and Captiva, the CX-9 is powered by Mazda's all new 3.7 litre V6 (producing 204kW & 366Nm) promising it will be no slouch in the performance stakes. Fuel economy is expected to be 13.5 litres / 100km combined (US model results).

Delivering this power will be via an Activematic six-speed (auto) transmission which utilizes Mazda’s Active Torque Split AWD system to put power to the ground at up to a 50:50 drive ratio (as required). Stability Control comes standard.

Mazda CX-9

An insightful interior featuring modular seating, tri-zone climate control, six airbags, reverse camera and touch screen audio controls are just the beginning of a package which is sure to prove popular.

Mazda CX-9

Couple these with class leading cargo space, generous seating dimensions, unparalleled flexibility and superb styling, the CX-7 takes a fresh approach to the SUV market and is sure to raise a few eyebrows.

Mazda CX-9

Outside the styling is typical Mazda. Smooth, modern, and fresh with no hard edges or horrid overhangs. The base model rides on smart 18" alloys whilst the Luxury spec picks up a set of 20 inchers adding an assertive stance to what's already an attractive and classy exterior.

The CX-9 goes on sale from December and will be available in two grades Classic and Luxury. At this stage pricing is unconfirmed, though expect to pay upward of $50,000.