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2016 Mazda CX-9 revealed, debuts new 2.5T engine

November 19, 2015

After a number of spy shots and spottings, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 large SUV has now been officially unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

2016 Mazda CX-9

As expected, the new CX-9 showcases Mazda’s latest “Kodo” design language, with an inverted front grille dressed in chrome, slimline headlights, purposeful wheel arches, and a low-profile cabin glasshouse.

Perhaps the biggest news is the confirmation of an all-new 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The SkyActiv unit produces 169kW of power at 5000rpm, and 420Nm of torque at 2000rpm. Mazda says the unit features the highest compression ratio of any petrol engine with an 89mm bore, adopting a 10.5:1 ratio.

The CX-9 will come with i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies, as well as an i-ACTIV all-wheel drive system for light off-road duties. It will also offer three-row seating inside, and a much more modern cabin compared with the outgoing version.

For the dash there’s a pop-up, stand-alone LCD display for the MZD multimedia system, as well as classy tones and trimmings for the bulk of the dash, a raised centre console, and a sporty three-spoke steering wheel for the driver.

Australian specifications and features are yet to be confirmed, however, the new model has been designed to cater for the North American market where large SUVs are in big demand. It will arrive in the US during spring next year (Australian autumn), with an Aussie arrival likely taking place later in 2016.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He’s obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • Smart US

    the engine is tiny bit small for the car at that size. i guess the fuel use will be great than average v6 engine is similar sized cars.

  • Mech Engineer

    New technology nowadays are downsizing engines but force feeding them to give the performance of larger motors but still provide good fuel economy.
    Compared to the 4L motor in a Ford Territory, the 2.5 Turbocharged engine in the CX9 actually produces more Torque but more significantly, at 1000RPM lower then in the Territory.
    Anyone who knows about engines in vehicles, will tell you Torque is what make a vehicle accelerate quickly and make them a pleasure to drive. Horsepower (or Kilowatts) basically gives a vehicle top speed.
    Looking forward to the CX when it arrives.