All-New 2016 Mazda CX-9 and LMP2 Diesel Race Car to Debut at 2015 LA Auto Show

After getting us all hot and bothered over the likely return of rotary-powered sportscars, Mazda is back with another important announcement. The all-new CX-9 flagship SUV model will make its debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.
Mazda CX-9 teaser rendering 1 photo
The first press day of this event is November 17, so we have less than two weeks of waiting. There's not a lot of information available.

The initial sketch they provided suggests a design that's similar to the latest concept vehicle, the Koeru. A bold front grille with a substantial chromed surface connects to the headlights. Strong shoulders are also easy to spot, especially at the rear.

The current CX-9 is the oldest sheep in Mazda's flock. While the rest are all-new and built around lightweight platforms, this SUV features equipment from the 2000s.

Design and engineering are not as important as flexibility and a 7-seat configuration. Rivals like the Honda Pilot and Hyundai Santa Fe are selling like hotcakes while bringing huge profits. Interior packaging is said to mirror that of the Toyota Highlander, which was benchmarked during the CX-9's development.

So if you don't have a large family or the need to carry larger items, should you be interested in the all-new Mazda CX-9? We think the answer needs to be "definitely" for every Mazda fan. Development of this SUV is indirectly linked to the future of performance vehicles, which they have been omitting lately.

While the current model uses a 3.7-liter V6 engine, this will be replaced by a smaller four-cylinder turbo unit, most likely a 2.5-liter. As you may have realized already, that's precisely what Mazda needs to make a successor to the Mazda6 MPS / MazdasSpeed6.

In addition to the new CX-9, Mazda also plans to announce the specifications of the MX-5 Cup racing car and show two LMP2 Skyactiv-D racing prototypes in Los Angeles. That's right, we're talking about diesel-powered speed machines.


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