The mid-cycle refresh is coming. The new 2020 Mazda CX-9 will
take on the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander. The company is
not unveiling all changes yet, but the largest SUV in the
company will offer new technologies inside the cockpit.
Outside, a small update will refresh the look. Under the hood,
the lineup remains the same. We were hoping for the hybrid or
the PHEV system, but it is not going to happen in the upcoming
season. Still, improvements to the new CX-9 will make the
mid-size model more competitive on the growing market.
Fun fact: the 2020 Mazda CX-9 is not available in Japan,
although it is being produced there. The size of the vehicle
exceeds some regulations, so owning the SUV is pretty
expensive. So, the carmaker downgrades it for domestic sales.
In Japan, there is a Mazda CX-8 which is pretty much the same
as its sibling. Be sure that CX-9 will soon enter the new
generation. Fans were waiting for 9 years before the second
series of the SUV arrived. Now, everything moves much faster
and changes are more frequent.
2020 Mazda CX-9 Specs
A 2.5-liter SkyActiv engine remains the only choice for the
2020 Mazda CX-9, for now. The SUV is getting 250 hp with the
premium fuel and adds 300 pound-feet of torque. This is a good
output, but CX-9 is still behind its main rivals. Yes, the SUV
will return better gas mileage, but the four-cylinder engine
still lacks a lot of power compared to Ford Explorer or Honda
Pilot. Well, turbochargers are helping in closing the gap. A
six-speed automatic transmission is the power router that
distributes power to front wheels by default. An all-wheel
drive is optional. The new model will return up to 29 mpg on
the highway, while the towing capacity remains 3,500 pounds.
Electrification of the CX-9
The mid-size SUV could get a hybrid engine. Rumors about this
are present for a while, but now the entire segment is heading
towards electric powertrains. Mazda is still using the SkyActiv
technology which is capable to combine petrol unit and the
battery to improve power outputs and fuel economy. Still, this
technology is available only in combination with a diesel
engine, which is not likely to happen in the US. Whatsoever,
Mazda will have to electrify the petrol units sooner or later.
2020 Mazda CX-9 Redesign
As every Mazda’s vehicle, the largest SUV in the lineup is
stylish and well-composed. The highlights of the design are
definitely large grille and unique red color, which is the
company’s trademark. Well, there are other special upgrades
that will make the 2020 Mazda CX-9 competitive on the market.
At the first place, the interior is comfortable and spacious.
The Japanese company is not sparing on materials and the SUV’s
cabin is one of the most elegant in the segment. Another thing
the owners just love about their ride was a great safety gear.
For the upcoming vehicle, Mazda will take everything to another
level. What’s more, the infotainment system is also
well-equipped, with a 7-inch touchscreen and simple button
layout. Pandora app is standard again and the company could add
more USB ports.
You still can upgrade your ride through optional trim levels
and numerous options. Sport is the base version and the
mid-range offer comes with Touring and Grand Touring levels.
Bose audio, heated seats, larger display, Android Auto and
Apple CarPlay capabilities are just some of the features you
are getting through these packages. Still, top of the class SUV
is CX-9 Signature. Nappa leather, wooden details, and many
other premium features are upgrades for the Signature badge.
Cargo Space and Dimensions
The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is the largest SUV in the company’s lineup.
The redesign is not affecting the size of the upcoming vehicle.
Overall length is 200 inches, with a 115-inch wheelbase. This
is enough for three rows of seats and a total seating capacity
of seven. The CX-9 still keeps some space for the cargo behind
the rear row. Minimum cargo capacity is 15 cubic feet, and with
the rear seats folded, it increases to 38 cubic feet. The
maximum volume you can get in the CX-9 is 71 cu.ft.
2020 Mazda CX-9 Release Date and Competition
The new 2020 Mazda CX-9 will arrive by the end of the year.
Then, we will find out all the details about its redesign and
the pricing list. We believe the changes are not going to
affect the starting MSRP, which is currently around $32,000.
Well, that is on par with Toyota Highlander and Jeep Grand
Cherokee base models. Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer are slightly more
expensive. The high-end Signature version will cost above
$45,000 and fully-loaded goes over $50k. For the vehicle with a
four-cylinder engine and 250 hp, it is too much. For this
amount of money, you can purchase Explorer with a plug-in
hybrid system, or one of the most reliable unit in the class,