You’ll excuse us if the new 2017 Mazda CX-9 photos we took lack a little substance.Â Mazda’sÂ newest crossover was on lockdown by the automakerÂ in Los Angeles on Tuesday, allegedlyÂ 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 crossoverÂ (presumably)Â gets a whole host of the automaker’s latest and greatest including itsÂ 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 â€” depending on your flair for drama â€” 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 â€” around 200 pounds in front-wheel driveÂ configuration, 300 pounds in all-wheel driveÂ spec â€” despite having more than 50 pounds of sound-deadening materialÂ 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 â€” 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?