The 2017 Mazda CX-9 has been spied testing in the U.S., benchmarking against the Acura MDX.
The current CX-9 debuted in 2007 and received an update in 2013 but still lags behind its competition, especially the recently redesigned Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. The three-row crossover is the last from the Ford era and the Japanese automaker is looking forward to moving on with the second-generation model. Expect the 2017 Mazda CX-9 to incorporate the brand’s current Kodo design language as well as its SkyActiv powerplants.
Under the hood, Mazda will equip the new CX-9 with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder SkyActiv engine, replacing the old V6. The crossover will continue to serve as a three-row model with seating for seven and will be available with all-wheel drive.
Considering it has been spied testing in Southern California, it is likely that the 2017 Mazda CX-9 will debut this November at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.