The 2023 Mazda CX-9 will remain the largest model in the lineup. But, the vehicle’s future is under the question mark. Our sources shared confidential plans about the new model – Mazda CX-90. Well, that is not a surprise, since the carmaker already added the same suffix to smaller crossovers. Still, intels are not sure when the development of the new SUV is about to start and when it will be out. Until then, we will try to figure as much as possible about the existing SUV.
Mazda is growing. Now, when the company parted its ways with Ford, it can cover a larger piece of the US market. But, it wasn’t all about Ford’s supremacy. There are other carmakers trying to fight their way. The 2023 Mazda CX-9 will have a tough task in the mid-size three-row SUV segment, one of the hottest classes in the past few seasons. The versatility makes those vehicles very popular. Now, manufacturers are trying to figure out how to beat the competition and draw more attention. Fresh styling and a new engine would do the job. But, the 2023 Mazda CX-9 needs something stunning, something no one expects.
SkyActiv Engine – Reliability Guaranteed
Something is really cool about every Mazda vehicle – the SkyActiv technology. In the US market, it makes petrol engines be more efficient, almost like diesel drivetrains. Well, the experiment with an oil burner wasn’t so successful. But, in Europe, the SkyActiv-D model sells better than expected. Anyway, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol plant in North America will be the main source of power for the 2023 Mazda CX-9. It can develop 250 hp if you use premium fuel. If not, you are sacrificing 25 ponies. The torque output also depends on the type of gasoline. Regular petrol cuts 10 lb-ft from potential max 320 pound-feet.
The new transmission should be a priority. A six-speed automatic box works smoothly, but it becomes old. The competition is using eight, nine, and even ten-pace transmissions. The 2023 Mazda CX-9 could reach new highs on the gas mileage. All-wheel drive is optional. However, expect an increased consumption by this system.
2023 Mazda CX-9 New Powertrains
Under the bonnet of the 2023 Mazda CX-9, we might see the new plant. A 2.2-liter turbodiesel was available on this SUV in the past. Bosses didn’t give up from oil burners, although the SkyActiv-D was not accepted in the US so nicely. Now, the new unit might fix problems and entire image of the Japanese carmaker. A 1.9-liter turbodiesel is now available in Australia, where restrictions are similar to North American laws. With 180 ponies and 330 lb-ft of torque, a four-pot mill is going to be potent and efficient.
Still, fans would like to see a six-pot petrol, rather than an oil burner. Our sources say that an inline-six engine is the latest project. They can’t confirm technical data and specs, and if the 2023 Mazda CX-9 is going to feature this unit. Furthermore, it opens more speculations about hybridization and electrification. Mazda is thinking of that, especially seeing other manufacturers delivering more and more big EVs and hybrids.
What is 2023 Mazda CX-90?
CX-30, CX-50, and now the 2023 Mazda CX-90. Mazda is after modern trends of expansion the lineup. Both CX-30 and CX-50 are variations based on older vehicles. The CX-90 might be a two-row SUV. The standard edition is nearly 200 inches long, which positions the CX-9 just under the full-size class. On the other hand, the new nameplate could be there for a special unit with hybrid or electric drivetrain. Besides the nameplate, there are not more clues we could discuss. It seems like Mazda is really preparing something special.
2023 Mazda CX-9 Redesign
Fresh look and new features will definitely help the 2023 Mazda CX-9 stay on the radar. Well, the styling is already distinctive and many experts consider Mazda the most luxurious non-premium brand. The CX-9 will keep a three-row layout with seven seating spots. The rear row is a bit tight. However, fixing this problem will require a sacrifice of room in front rows, or cargo space.
The i-Activsense is a very nice package of safety features. For the 2023 Mazda CX-9, it will offer even more options at base trim levels. Leather seats are already available for the Touring package. The top of the lineup version remains Signature. The new edition is going to start above $50,000. Meanwhile, the entry-level Sport trim is slightly more expensive than the competition, starting at $36,000.
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