An all-new replacement is inbound with an official unveiling expected to be scheduled for the LA Motor Show this November, but eagle-eyed Youtuber Carspotter Jeroen has spotted what appears to be a very lightly-camouflaged prototype prowling the streets.
Spotted in California, the CX-9 prototype displays proportions and a silhouette that are very similar to the current car, but with a more shallowly-raked C-pillar, bigger black plastic wheel arches and pedestal-mounted wing mirrors.
There’s also the more complex sheetmetal surfacing of Mazda’s Kodo design language, with the front end looking very much like a supersized Mazda3. The family DNA is very much evident.
What’s under the bonnet remains a mystery, but all should be revealed at the new CX-9’s LA debut. The Ford-sourced 3.7 litre petrol V6 is expectred to be dropped, but it’s unclear whether a diesel will finally find its way into the big SUV.
With the CX-9’s largest market being the diesel-averse USA, a turbocharged petrol four-cylinder is rumoured to be destined for the CX-9 instead – although a diesel may be offered in other global markets if the demand is there.