The first generation Mazda CX-9 was went into production in 2006 and has received two facelifts till date. The full-size crossover is due for a major redesign now and will likely feature the latest KODO design language.
A test mule of what looks like the second generation 2016 Mazda CX-9 has been spied testing in California, USA by Twitter user NakaB_2tc. The company’s USA headquarters is located in Irvine in the State of California, USA.
A report released in May said that the second generation CX-9 will be unveiled at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. It will be powered by a new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that will debut on the all-new Mazdaspeed 3 at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The new engine will produce 295 hp on the hot hatch, it was reported.
The currently sold CX-9 (U.S.-spec) is offered with a 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V6 petrol engine that produces 273 hp and 270 lb.-ft. (366 Nm) of torque. The engine sends power to the front wheels or all wheels depending on the configuration chosen, via a 6-speed automatic transmission. The next-gen model should gain the new SKYACTIV MT/Drive 6-speed manual/automatic transmission options from the Mazda6.
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 is said to go on sale in the U.S. in early 2016 and be followed by the second generation CX-5 debuting later the same year.
[Image Source 1: Twitter]
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