Not Much Change for the New Mazda CX-9


When Mazda introduced the CX-9, they used the Ford CD 3 platform for an easy introduction to the crossover world, it even shared the same 3.7 liter V6 engine across the range, but obviously Mazda wanted to up their game and introduced a raft of changes for 2016, making it almost a brand-new vehicle.

Because of that, it’s very doubtful that Mazda are offering much for the 2018 Model Year, although there are whispers of diesel power being introduced – purely because Mazda have confirmed that the 2017 CX-5 will have a diesel option, this will be the biggest change to the line-up for 2018.

Mazda haven’t actually confirmed many details for the 2018 Mazda CX-9, but it seems that we pretty much know all there is about it, thanks to other industry sources and common perception.

Will the 2018 Mazda CX-9 be a Diesel Disaster?


1. Will It Be Diesel Disaster?
2. Will It Offer Up Anything Over 2017 MY
3. Plenty of Trim in the Mazda
4. When Can We Expect It to See

If the speculation is right, we should see Mazda introducing a diesel engine, which would make the CX-9 the first ever mid-size crossover with three-row seating using a diesel (at least in the U.S.), but as to whether it will sell is a different matter – for some reason, the Americans just don’t like diesel power, despite it being super popular elsewhere in the world. This wasn’t helped by the infamous Volkswagen diesel-gate either.

Moving on though, we are pretty sure that the existing engine will be brought across for the new model, so expect to see the same 2.5 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder from the predecessor as the main option. While it isn’t hugely powerful, it does create 227 BHP and 310 lb/ft of torque, and in something like this, it’s the torque that matters – certainly enough to give it a fair turn of acceleration from a standing start, only getting a bit breathless when the speeds start rising.

Whatever the choices we get, the transmission will be the existing 6-speed automatic, driving the front-wheels as standard with an all-wheel drive option – for an extra $1,800! Gas mileage for the 2.5 liter gas engine is 22/28/24 MPG – City, Highway & Combined, although we have no figures for the diesel, but expect it to be better by around 3 – 4 MPG at least.

Will the 2018 Mazda CX-9 Offer up Anything Over the 2017 MY?

The question you should be asking yourself is whether you should hold out for the 2018 Model Year or dive straight in for the 2017 model? Truthfully, aside from a few color changes and the odd bit of trim, nothing much is going to happen for the 2018 CX-9, so it all gets down to whether you just have to have a diesel?

If your need of diesel isn’t that great, we’d be tempted to get down to the local Mazda dealer while they’re shifting the old inventory to make way for the new model – this will mean good discounts to be had.

Internal space will be the same, which means the third-row gets a slightly cramped seating position, especially when compared to the competition such as the Toyota Highlander, Dodge Durango or Nissan Pathfinder – all offer more space in the rear if that’s what you need, they’re definitely worth checking out.

The new pricing structure is expected to change a little – a few hundred dollars for the vehicle and an extra $40 on the destination. The base model – the Sport will come in at around $32,760 while the fully-loaded flagship will be closer to $45,600. The intermediate trim levels – Touring and Grand Touring (the top-of-the-line model is the ‘Signature’) will of course be somewhere between the two.

The Signature model has some nice touches like Rosewood inserts which have been supplied by the Japanese guitar maker, Fujigen. Leather upholstery will be available right across the board, but we aren’t sure if it’s standard on the Sport, although rumor says that it should be.

Plenty of Trim in the Mazda

All but the base Sport model will have the SCBS – Smart City Brake Support which includes full autonomous braking in the event of a collision, there are also options for lane correction with automatic steering, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams and Heads Up Display – we don’t know whether these options will only be available on certain trims, or how much they’ll cost.

We should also see the continuation of the slimline LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL’s) – Mazda aren’t even going to the trouble of updating the front end, which is usually the minimum you’ll see on a new model year.

A rear backup camera and 7” touchscreen infotainment system are fitted as standard in all trims, as is Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – making smartphone connection easy.

When Can We Expect to See the New CX-9?

We’re expecting to see the 2018 Mazda CX-9 in the showrooms around the middle part of this year, so now’s the time to start making enquiries about the current stock – save yourself a few dollars and buy a 2017 Model Year rather than hold out for the 2018 version – it’ll be nearly identical.

What do you think to the new Mazda CX-9 2018? Are Mazda making the right decision to introduce a diesel? Is a diesel something you would buy? Let us know in the comments – your opinion is important to us!
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