Expecting a surge in demand from the U.S. and Canadian markets, Mazda Motor Corporation recently announced that the production of the all-new CX-9 three-row mid-six crossover SUV has begun in its Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima. According to Mazda, the new CX-9 is specifically designed for the North American market and would be available by spring of 2016.
The North American market is a very important region for Mazda, with annual sales expected to hit 50,000 units, accounting for 80 percent of global sales. The CX-9 model is a high-end car that will form part of a new-generation line-up from Mazda that will be fitted with full range SKYACTIV TECHNOLOY and KODO-Soul of Motion design which offers comforts and specs beyond the industry standard.
This is part of Mazda’s thrust to strengthen its brand recognition by continuing to make high quality vehicles that customers would feel strong emotional connection to and that would eventual enrich their lives. Mazda's attention to detail is evident the moment one steps inside the new CX-9. The elegance of the interior is enhanced by the rosewood trim on the center console and front of the cabin which is supplied by a premium guitar manufacturer.
Elegantly reflecting Mazda's Jinba Ittai philosophy of horse and rider as one, its finely appointed seats are done using auburn Nappa in a design that could be interpreted as modern renditions of bespoke horse saddles.
Classy details also adorn and wrap around the dashboard to the rear seats, nesting the passengers in a serene, comfortable and elegant cocoon. In addition, more than 53 pounds of sound proofing material lie beneath the floor, while unseen, underline the overall quiet sophistication of the passenger compartment.
Another distinct interior enhancement is the stylishly designed forward-angled dashboard with auburn accents that belongs to the flagship Signature trim level. Prominently adorning the dashboard is a single piece of aluminum plinth which features design elements that suggest fine Japanese craftsmanship, especially the famous Japanese hand-made knives achieved by the use of satin and polished finishes.
CX-9 crossover SUV likewise carries the KODO design DNA that is unmistakably Mazda. The large wheels, long hood and short overhangs dominates the visual statement of the CX-9; a gracefully controlled power that can be likened to a cat ready to spring to action. It is 1.2 inch shorter than its predecessor at 199.4 inches (5065 mm) long but surprisingly, passengers will have easier entry and exit as well a larger legroom due to the stretching of its wheelbase by 2.2 inches (55mm).
The CX-9’s fenders have been moved to the edge of its body to accommodate the larger 18 and 20-inch wheels. With the resulting wide trapezoidal stance, the new CX-9 accentuates the impression of stability and agility.
Another design enhancement made to the new SUV is the shorter overhangs, with the front 2.3 inches (59 mm) shorter and the back 1 inch (25mm) shorter than the previous model. Balancing its aesthetics is its lengthier hood which was achieved by shifting back its A-pillars by 3.9 inches (100mm).
The bold five-point grille with double bars, low and high-beam LED headlights, strong lower body and sleek upper body merge to form an SUV that oozes premium quality and appeal.