The next-generation Mazda CX-9 crossover will make its public debut later this month at the Los Angeles auto show, and as the above teaser image shows, it should look very similar to the Koeru concept shown at the Frankfurt auto show (pictured below). Mazda says the new CX-9 has “a more premium design execution” than today’s model. On sale since 2007, the CX-9 is now one of the oldest cars in its segment, and has steadily fallen behind the three-row crossover zeitgeist in the face of tough competition from cars like the Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder.
The Mazda CX-9 will remain a three-row crossover, but adopts Mazda’s Kodo design language and its Skyactiv engine and chassis technologies. Based on the look of the Koeru, the Mazda CX-9 will have a longer, lower appearance than today’s model, with Mazda’s large grille dominating the nose and swooping character lines adorning the bodysides.
Underhood, we can expect reduced weight and a new powertrain that improves fuel efficiency. It’s still unclear which Skyactiv engine would be used for the new CX-9; the current version has a 3.7-liter V-6 engine rated for 273 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. As Mazda doesn’t currently offer a Skyactiv V-6 engine, it’s possible the CX-9 will herald the introduction of a turbocharged Skyactiv mill; the 2.5-liter inline-four used in cars like the 6 sedan and CX-5 crossover produces only 184 hp, which might not be enough grunt to propel a three-row vehicle.
Check back for more details once the new Mazda CX-9 is fully revealed in L.A. on Wednesday, November 18. The new crossover should go on sale by the middle of next year.