Signed by Mazda’s US exterior design team leader, Ethan Song, the CX-9 wears the hallmarks of Mazda’s existing SUV range, with a glasshouse shape that mimics that for the smaller CX-5, and a protruding five-point grille frame that sweeps into a narrow headlight, similar to the CX-3.
The CX-9 is the last vehicle in Mazda’s range to make the shift to the company’s modular SkyActive architecture. While the current CX-9’s 3.7 litre V6 is expected to be retired, the new engine is yet to be revealed, but a turbocharged version of Mazda’s existing 2.5 litre four-cylinder seems likely.
The three-row SUV is deemed essential for Mazda’s US line-up, hence the car’s LA debut.
More details will be revealed in the lead-up to the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens on the 20th of November.
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