Mazda has begun production of the 2016 CX-9, a three-row mid-size crossover SUV, at Ujina Plant in Hiroshima, Japan.
The Japanese automaker said that the first units to toll off the production line are bound for the United States and Canada. Mazda added that the 2016 CX-9 has been tailored for the North American market and is expected to account for 80-percent of the model's global sales forecast at 50,000 units annually.
The 2016 CX-9 features Mazda's SkyActiv technology and Kodo-Soul of Motion design concept. It was first previewed during the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
It is powered by a 2.5-liter SkyActivG engine that delivers 230 PS and 420 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that drives all four wheels.
During its debut in Los Angeles, Mazda said that the 2.5-liter SkyActivG engine uses the brand's Dynamic Pressure Turbo (DPT) tech. The DPT 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.