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LA 2015: New 2017 Mazda CX-9 Is Literally on Lockdown


You’ll excuse us if the new 2017 Mazda CX-9 photos we took lack a little substance. Mazda’s newest crossover was on lockdown by the automaker in Los Angeles on Tuesday, allegedly because competing engineers were a little to eager to snap pictures underneath the new girl’s sheet metal.

Whether we’re allowed to take pictures of it now or later, Mazda’s newest crossover (presumably) gets a whole host of the automaker’s latest and greatest including its new 2.5-liter, turbocharged SKYACTIV four cylinder that makes 250 horsepower* and 310 pound-feet of torque.

The new three-row crossover sports a long hood, but short overhangs, which keeps the crossover at a somewhat manageable 199.4 inches long. According to Mazda, the new CX-9 is about an inch shorter than the outgoing model despite having a 2-inch longer wheelbase.

The CX-9 will sport 18- or 20-inch wheels — depending on your flair for drama — but even larger shoes look a little small in the crossover’s wheel arches. (Perhaps that’s due to the cladding around the wheel wells.)

Mazda says that the CX-9 has lost a football player in overall weight — around 200 pounds in front-wheel drive configuration, 300 pounds in all-wheel drive spec — despite having more than 50 pounds of sound-deadening material below the floor alone.

The CX-9 will sport a suite of safety tech, including adaptive cruise, blind spot monitoring, lane-keep assist and autonomous emergency braking, including three different systems to avoid front collisions — city braking, distance recognition control and smart braking over 9 mph.

According to Mazda, the CX-9 will go on next spring. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

* The CX-9 makes 250 horsepower on 93 octane. It makes 227 horsepower on 87 octane. Who has access to 93 octane and better still, who buys a CX-9 and pumps it full of ultra premium every time?





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