Production of the all-new Mazda CX-9 has begun at the company’s Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima. The three-row, seven-seater SUV was first unveiled at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, featuring a new turbocharged SkyActiv-G petrol engine.
According to Mazda, the first units of the CX-9 that are produced will be headed for the North American market (US and Canada). The company forecasts global sales to hit 50,000 units annually, with the North American market expected to encompass 80% of that figure.
As mentioned earlier, the second-generation Mazda CX-9 is the first Mazda SUV to carry the company’s new 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which develops up to 250 hp and 420 Nm when running 93-octane petrol in the US (227 hp on 87-octane).
The engine is mated to a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive torque converter automatic transmission and i-Activ all-wheel drive system. It also boasts the highest efficiency in its class, according to US EPA test cycles.
Mazda’s KODO, Soul of Motion design language also makes its mark here, bringing the SUV up to speed in terms of looks with the other models in the company’s line-up – CX-5, CX-3, Mazda 6, Mazda 3 and Mazda 2. Highlights include the full LED headlights and five-point front grille.
It’s all-new on the inside as well with a revamped dash and new equipment. Mazda’s MZD Connect infotainment system is present, along with other goodies such as a heads-up display, automatic air-con and a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system on the range-topping variant. You’ll also get premium materials including Auburn leather upholstery and Rosewood trim on the centre console.
The Mazda CX-9 should trickle down to other markets in the future, Malaysia included. The only question is when, and for how much.