Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Brent Co | posted November 19, 2015 12:19
Full Kodo-designed 2016 Mazda CX-9 makes global debut in LA
The new-generation midsize crossover from Mazda has officially made its world debut at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show. Now bearing Mazda's signature Kodo design language along with a new turbocharged motor, the company plans to deliver a new kind of crossover that will offer a sporty drive along with a refined interior.
Starting with the exterior, the long hood has been retained, while the front fascia now features Mazda's distinct grill and headlight design. Over to the side are prominent wheel arches and new alloy wheels that will come in either 18- or 20-inch sizes.
Behind, it gets sharp-looking, wraparound taillights with chrome trim, a redesigned tailgate that comes standard with a spoiler, dual exhausts and additional chrome trim at the rear bumper.
in terms of size, Mazda claims that the 2016 CX-9 measures 5,065mm long which is 30mm shorter than the outgoing model. The wheelbase, however, has been stretched by 55mm, allowing for better legroom as well as improved ingress / egress for the third row seats.
Inside, the all-new CX-9 features a two-tone interior that is accented by streaks of aluminum and black trim. The infotainment system now conforms to the brand's current Human Machine Interface while the 3-spoke steering wheel hosts an array of new functions. Perhaps the most striking piece of the dashboard is the single-piece strip of aluminum that highlights the cabin's width, according to Mazda. Completing the cabin features are the Auburn Nappa leather seats and rosewood trim on the center console of the CX-9.
Noise, Vibration and Harshness has also been significantly improved, according to Mazda, as the 2016 CX-9 has more than 24 kg of sound deadening material installed below the floor.
A turbocharged SkyActivG engine provides the necessary propulsion of the new-generation midsize crossover. Displacing 2.5-liters, the inline-four produces 230 PS along with 420 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox that drives all four wheels.
The engine uses the brand's Dynamic Pressure Turbo (DPT) tech, a world's first (for Mazda), according to their statement. The system allows the turbo to operate in varying degrees of exhaust pulsation, depending on engine speed. The engine also features a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system, allowing the motor to have a compression ratio of 10:5.1 — one of the highest numbers on any turbocharged gasoline engine according to Mazda.