Mazda to push CX-9 toward premium in L.A. premiere

Mazda’s teaser imageof the CX-9 shows a stretched, curving hood and sloped, fastback roofline, accentuated by rounded fenders.

TOKYO — Mazda will unveil its redesigned CX-9 three-row crossover this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, fleshing out the last of its lineup with the brand’s Skyactiv technologies and curvy Kodo design language.

As part of the first full overhaul since its 2007 introduction, the CX-9 moves to the Skyactiv powertrain and chassis. Mazda calls the new CX-9 a “high-end model” that “moves toward a more premium design execution.”

A teaser image shows that the CX-9 borrows heavily from the design of the Mazda6, which won design awards when it was introduced in 2013. The Mazda6 has a long front overhang and hood, implying a powerful engine, and a cab-rearward design.

The CX-9’s appearance stands out from the boxy, functional packaging of such rivals as the Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder.

The rendering shows a stretched, curving hood and sloped, fastback roofline, accentuated by rounded fenders. Up front, the CX-9 bears Mazda’s signature shield grille.

Gabe Nelson contributed to this report.

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