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All-new Mazda CX-9 crossover:
Zooming on the 7-passenger mid-size SUVs

Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV - Flowing silhouette, muscular fenders and steeply angled windshield.

Flowing silhouette, muscular fenders and steeply angled windshield.

APN, PR,
14th June 2006.

It debuted last April at the New York International Auto Show, but it won't reach the market before early 2007, topping Mazda's new SUV offerings with seven-passenger capability.

After the all-new five-passenger Mazda CX-7 crossover SUV - launched in the U.S. market this spring as a 2007 model, with prices (MSRP) starting from $24,310 - Mazda's other all-new CX-9 crossover SUV was equally designed and engineered specifically for the North American market.

Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV - Trapezoid chrome exhaust pipe accentuates the detail put into the design.

Trapezoid chrome exhaust pipe accentuates the detail put into the design.

Positioned above the CX-7, Mazda's CX-9 provides an up-market interior with more space, versatility and seven-passenger seating capacity. Both are available with either front-wheel drive, or with Mazda’s Active Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive system.

The CX-9 doesn't only target modern families as a fun and practical car, but also enthusiast drivers... Zoom-Zoom oblige!

Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV - One of the longest wheelbases in the segment.

One of the longest wheelbases in the segment.

“The North American market continues to play a leading role in Mazda Motor Corporation’s global future and financial health,” says Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). “The all-new CX-7 and CX-9 were engineered specifically for North America to help us fulfil ambitious goals... (CX-9) represents everything a Mazda SUV should be... ample power, striking appearance, fun-to-drive vitality, precision build quality and unexpected versatility.”

Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV - Driver’s seat and steering column move easily over a long range of adjustment.

Driver’s seat and steering column move over a long range of adjustment.

Interior design - Targeting young couples and modern, outwardly-focused families, the Mazda CX-9 rides on one of the longest wheelbases (113.2 inches, 2,875 mm) in the segment, providing easy access to its three-row seating, with ample room for adults in every position and sufficient cargo space to accommodate modern families.

The interior is designed for space, utility and versatility with premium features.

Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV - 2nd row with 5'' of fore-and-aft slide travel and a reclining backrest.

2nd row with 5'' of fore-and-aft slide travel and a reclining backrest.

The driver’s seat and steering column move easily over a long range of adjustment. In front of him/her, comes a neat combination of cylindrical shapes and blacked-out instruments on a T-shaped instrument panel. Brightly edged gauges with metal-look trim and indirect blue illumination set a cool mood. Indirect lighting also is embedded in the front and rear door trim and ceiling for a warm glow. The dash panel houses large, clearly marked entertainment and climate controls.

Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV - Releasing the 2nd row seat to enter the 3rd row with one hand motion.

Releasing the 2nd row seat to enter the 3rd row with one hand motion.

The 60-40 split second row carries three passengers in comfort, with approximately five-inches of fore-and-aft slide travel and a reclining backrest.

The third row is 50-50-split, with easy entry and nearly 26 inches of access space between the folded second-row seat and the C-pillar. Even with the third row occupied, the CX-9 provides 17.2 cubic feet (0.487 cubic metre) of cargo capacity, between the capacities of mid-size and large sedan trunks.

Both second- and third-row seats fold flat to allow additional storage all the way up to the back of the front seats.

Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV - Easy entry, between the folded 2nd-row seat and the C-pillar.

Easy entry, between the folded 2nd-row seat and the C-pillar.

Releasing the second row seat to enter the third row requires one hand motion to unlatch the seat and move it forward. Likewise, a strap attached behind the third row seat’s backrest serves as both a release for folding the seat and a means of pulling it back again.

Horizontal elements in areas such as the center panel, door trim and seat design intersect with vertical accents to create the harmony of fine furniture.

Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV - The 3rd row is 50-50-split.

The 3rd row is 50-50-split.

Exterior styling - Without sacrificing versatility or efficiency, the CX-9 strives for a sophisticated appearance with a smooth and flowing silhouette, prominent wheels and tires, muscular fenders and steeply angled windshield and backlight.

The front end comes with a sporty five-point grille and wide, bold bumper. A horizontal streak of chrome floats on the front grille bar, giving a high quality feel. Side windows form a flowing and open greenhouse, allowing clear vision from all seating positions. A trapezoid chrome exhaust pipe accentuates the fine detail put into the design.

Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV - 2nd- and 3rd-row seats fold flat up to the back of the front seats.

2nd- and 3rd-row seats fold flat up to the back of the front seats.

Powertrain - The CX-9 is powered by a new 3.5-liter V-6 with a preliminary rating of 250-horsepower and a maximum torque of 240 lb-ft (325 Nm). Advanced features include dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing, a high compression ratio and electronic throttle control.

A six-speed automatic transmission comes as standard equipment, for optimum acceleration and fuel efficiency.

Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV - 3.5-liter V-6 with 250-horsepower and a 240 lb-ft (325 Nm)

3.5-liter V-6 with 250-horsepower and 240 lb-ft (325 Nm).

Drive is either through the front wheels or via Mazda’s advanced Active Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive system.

On all-wheel-drive models, various sensors signal control modules to automatically apportion torque to those wheels most able to provide solid traction. A computer-controlled coupling, connected with the rear differential, automatically adjusts the torque distribution, allowing up to 50-percent of the drive power to be sent to the rear wheels, depending on traction conditions. This all-wheel drive system has been already adopted in Mazdaspeed6 and CX-7 applications.

Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV - Neat combination of cylindrical shapes and blacked-out instruments.

Neat combination of cylindrical shapes and blacked-out instruments.

Body and suspension - The stiff unitary body structure brings with it car-like ride, agile handling, minimal weight with high torsional and bending rigidity for reduced noise and vibrations. Extra laser welds and adhesive weld bonding have been applied in critical areas for enhanced stiffness. Damping sheets applied to floor areas and acoustic foam filler added to body cavities enhance the cabin quietness.

In front, the perimeter frame mounted to the unibody through six rubber isolators supports the powertrain, the engine-speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion power steering, and a low friction strut-type suspension system using coil springs.

The multilink rear suspension consists of one trailing arm and two lateral locating members per side. To minimize cargo-compartment intrusion and permit a wider load space, the rear coil spring is positioned between the lower lateral member and the unibody. A damper is located as close as possible to each rear wheel to provide better motion control with minimal friction.

Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV - console view with gear shift and navigation monitor.

Standard six-speed automatic transmission.

Anti-roll bars at each end enhance agility and control during assertive driving. Twenty-inch, V-rated, low-profile radial tires (P245/50R-20) are standard equipment on the top Grand Touring model while Sports and Touring editions roll on P245/60R-18 tires.

Safety technology - Active safety equipment includes an advanced Roll Stability Control (RSC) system that uses both body-roll rate and wheel speed sensors to determine when corrective action is necessary. A momentary torque reduction, combined with an automatic brake application helps restore stability.

Four-wheel disc ventilated brakes include an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS). When excessive wheel slippage is detected, a Traction Control System (TCS) automatically reduces driveline torque to help restore traction. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) reduces driveline torque and automatically applies one or more brakes to minimize under- or over-steer during emergency maneuvers.

2007 Mazda CX-9

 

Dimension

Overall length (w/o license plate holder)

199.6 inches (5,071 mm)

Overall width

76.2 inches (1,936 mm)

Overall height
w/ 18 inch tires

68.1 inches (1,729 mm),
without roof rack.

w/ 20 inch tires

68.3 inches (1,734 mm),
without roof rack.

Wheelbase

113.2 inches (2,875 mm)

Track: -front
          -rear

65.1 inches (1,654 mm)
64.7 inches (1,644 mm)

Seating Capacity

7 passenger

Engine

Type

MZI 3.5L V6 DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Max. power (preliminary)

250 hp

Max. torque (preliminary)

240 lb-ft (325 Nm)

Transmission

Type

6-speed electronically controlled automatic with manual shift mode

Drive

Type

Front 2WD or Mazda Active Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive

Steering

Type

Rack-and-pinion

Suspension

Type (front/ rear)

Macpherson Strut/ Multilink

Brake

Type (front & rear)

Ventilated Discs

Tires
and
wheels

Tires (front & rear)

18”: P245/60R18
20”: P245/50R20

Wheels (front & rear)

18”: 18 x 7.5J
20”: 20 x 7.5J

Source: Mazda NA - Preliminary U.S. specifications, subject to change.

Passive safety protection is provided by six airbags, two at the front, two on the side and two sensor-activated side-curtain airbags which extend from the first to the third row. These inflatable restraints deploy in the event of a lateral collision or a rollover to reduce the likelihood of injury and limb or head ejection. Inflation is maintained for approximately six seconds for maximum effectiveness, although the only way these systems help properly is when used in combination with seatbelts.

Pretensioner devices automatically remove slack from the belt system immediately after a moderate or greater frontal collision and load limiters are incorporated to prevent injury - from the belt - as the occupant moves suddenly forward. The CX-9’s front headrests are designed to reduce neck injuries during rear impacts.

Trim -  The Mazda CX-9 is offered in three trim levels (U.S. specifications): Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. More detail on specific model content will be available closer to launch, but standard features on all trims include air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, cruise control, and six airbags, DSC, RSC and ABS with brakeforce distribution.

An optionally available power-operated lift gate provides one-touch opening and closing access to the cargo hold.

Features available in models and packages include leather interior trim, power adjustment for front seats, high intensity discharge headlamps with automatic-on, rain-sensing wipers, mirror-mounted turn indicators and driver’s-seat memory.

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