• Oct 28, 2005

Say goodbye to the MPV minivan, as Inside Line reports Mazda will officially be replacing the people mover with a new crossover positioned above the upcoming CX-7 (shown). Known internally as the CX-9, this new crossover will have three rows of seating with space for up to seven and be priced from $38,000. Unfortunately we won't be getting the redesigned MPV that debuted in Tokyo last week, which actually looked pretty good. We'll also be losing the Escape-based Tribute when the CX-9 joins the CX-7 in dealers next fall. Expect to see what the new crossover looks like at the New York Auto Show this spring.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      So the replacement for the MPV, which starts in the low $20k range and tops out in the mid $30ks is a crossover that STARTS at $38k? Pretty unrealistic if you ask me. Mazda has had an untapped gold mine in the MPV for quite some time and haven't done anything about it. It has had features like a fold flat 3rd row seat since 2000 (the MPV and the Odyssey were first to market with this feature), it's smaller size make it easier to drive & park than most other minivans. With some better drivetrains (dump the crappy Ford V6 and get a Turbo I4 or a hybrid and an optional manual transmission) and a little bit of marketing the MPV could have been one of the top 3 players in the minivan game, as it is it's the minivan that nobody ever thinks about and itsn't even tested in most minian comparisons.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ford would be smart to just rebadge the new MPV for a new ford minivan since the Mazda is so superior to what Ford has tried and failed with. As for a $38K CX9 I can't imagine that's the starting point. But it would probably be competitive with the Jeep Commander which is "around" that price when decently featured. The good news is the end of the Tribute and I'm hoping that means the edge will end the Escape as well. Those are too outdated.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What a fantastic improvement to the 2007 MPV. Two years to late. Install a 3.3 liter V6 engine or a 2.7 liter diesel for us folks in the Canadian North. Beats the hybrids any day. Hope Ford will let the Mazda guys doing their own thing. I would hate to change brands. Five Mazdas in our family speaks for itself.
      • 9 Years Ago
      devin the X3 does not fit 7. Like I said it would compete with the Jeep commander. Which is priced near $38K. I don't think the $38K number is accurate either. But the word "around" in the original story absolves the writer or source from accuracy.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why does everyone think the Tribute is Escape-based? Didn't anyone hear that both ride on the ghetto 626 platform? The Escape is a Mazda with a Ford engine and interior. Think Probe on stilts. Or Fusion.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm a little disappointed they're scrapping the MPV. It's currently a great driving van, and new one at Tokyo is sharp. But, hey, the CX-9 should be a hit.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Bring on the new MPV. That CX-9 isn't even priced for the same market.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey Mazda sales, should I bend over before U put that $38K sticker in my Savings account? This is a Mazda, not an Infiniti! P.S. That thing better have the capability to drive itself. *Should B priced around 27K, nicely equipped!
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's a very sexy little car, but not #38K sexy. I can get a loaded X3 with money to spare for that. Mazda is not BMW, no matter what they may think. That has to be a typo.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why do people think the CX-9 replaces the MPV? According to the article, "the company will not sell its redesigned MPV in the United States, hinting that the minivan will be replaced by another type of people mover."
      • 9 Years Ago
      As a 35-year YOUNG dezign enthusiast, the Mazda design has made a 3 pointer AND 1. It should B named either the SX-7 or SX-E1 (sexy 1) to boost female sales! P.S. Wanna talk about this? Tele. 337.232.1772: 5:15P-7:30 CMT.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Tribute isn't just Escape based, it's a rebadged Escape.
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