This Looks Like The All-New 2017 Mazda CX-9

One of our readers has sent us these shots of what is believed to be the next generation Mazda CX-9. It’s the first prototype we’ve seen of the Japanese firm’s midsize crossover and it was spotted here in the States.

While shrouded in camouflage, the tester give the impression of a far crispier and more dynamic styling that reflects the firm’s Kodo design language – especially up front with the shark-like nose, than the more mundane current model. In fact, it looks much more aggressive than either of Mazda’s smaller SUVs, the CX-3 and CX-5.

Mazda will reportedly replace the V6 engine used in the current CX-9 with a newly developed 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from their Skyactive family.

From what we’ve heard, the next CX-9 will likely be revealed towards the end of 2015 or early 2016 and go on sale during the first quarter of next year.

Thanks to Ken for the pictures!

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  • Jim Ragland

    And about damn time…:-).

  • mccarluvr123

    “…far crispier and more dynamic styling…”

    Mmmmm. I love crispy crossovers!

  • CX-7

    I hope they rename it to CX-7.

    • Zandit75

      Why would they?

  • In the Market

    Damn. Was really hoping it would be less “elongated” looking and more “stacked” (higher belt line, lower roof à la Lexus NX) in an effort to one-up the Murano’s design. It’s just a stretched CX-5. Well, we’ll see how its driving dynamics turn out.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Yes, higher is the new lower.

  • Grumpy

    Here is me hoping this trickles down to the 6, cx-5, 3. Could make a good mazdaspeed in the 3.

  • flyfish

    Is this the CX-9 or a wagon version of the 6?

    • Kash

      sits too high to be the 6 but it does look like Mazda is doing like Audi and turning their SUV’s into just taller wagons.

  • venkat

    This is a HIT! been waiting for it like crazy.