Mazda announced Wednesday that it would unveil its next-generation CX-9 in Los Angeles later this month.
The three-row crossover made its debut in 2007 and hasnâ€™t changed much since. Mazdaâ€™s seven-seater still sits atop theÂ Ford CD3 platformÂ used byÂ previous generations of the Mazda6/Ford Fusion and Ford Edge. It also sports the same powertrain as the previous-generation Edge.
Mazda released a teaser image of the CX-9 on Monday that shows what the crossover would look like if the world had Photoshop filters turned on all the time.
Interestingly, there are hints from other concepts that may make their way into the CX-9. Mazdaâ€™s recently unveiled RX Vision rotary sports a similar grille as the CX-9, albeit much, much lower to the ground. Thereâ€™s a hint of the Koeru D-pillar â€” OK, maybe itâ€™s a whisper.
Mazda didn’t mention anything about the CX-9’s powertrain in its release. The company announced last week that it was indefinitely postponing plans to bring diesel to the States (gee, I wonder why?) and we’re willing to bet that the CX-9 won’t be rotary powered. The current CX-9 is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 borrowed from Ford.
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