The new crossover SUV has been specifically designed for the North American markets. It is longer than the five-passenger CX-7, so there is space for a full three rows. The CX-9 is built on a unibody platform (who would make a body-on-frame crossover?) with front-wheel drive standard and the all-wheel drive system of the MAZDASPEED6 and CX-7 available as an option. The all-wheel drive system can direct up to 50% of the power to the rear, when needed and as governed by its numerous traction and stability control systems.
Power comes from a new DOHC 3.5 liter V6 that we can predict will put out 250 to 300 horsepower. To transmit the power to the wheels, a 6-speed automatic comes as standard equipment. Dealer delivery is expected in early 2007, pricing is yet to be announced.