2017 Mazda CX-9 spotted testing, sports sharp new design

Mazda seems to be readying the next-gen 2017 CX-9. Spy photographers have managed to snap an early prototype test driving out on the streets, showcasing a fresh new design.

2017 Mazda CX-9 prototype

The CX-9 has undergone a number of facelifts in recent years but this prototype is expected to be the next-gen model. As you can see (just) in the images, surfacing on Ferd Facebook page, the new model will feature a sharper and more focused front end shared with most new-model Mazdas.

There’s a large front grille that dominates its face, with a pronounced top lip that gives the SUV a sportier presence. Towards the rear we can see the model will go for a lower and longer roofline, tied in with steeper D-pillars and a shorter rear overhang.

Underneath it all is set to change just as much as the exterior, with reports suggesting Mazda will adopt a stretched version of the CX-5 platform. In the engine compartment, Mazda is set to drop the thirsty 3.7-litre naturally aspirated V6 Ford unit and instead introduce a range of four-cylinder options, potentially including a turbocharged model to match torque outputs of the 204kW/367Nm 3.7 V6.

With a fresh SkyActiv platform the 2017 CX-9 is likely to lose a lot of weight to help with fuel economy and driving performance. The current V6 version, which uses the Ford CD3 platform, tips the scales at 1969kg in front-wheel drive form. The eco-focused front-wheel drive offers an average fuel consumption of 11L/100km.

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It is only early days yet so we’ll have to wait for more official details to come through before getting too excited. A full debut is anticipated to take place next year, with local market entry late in 2016 or early 2017.

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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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.