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This morning Mazda announced that its CX-9 seven-passenger SUV would be debuting at the New York Auto Show next week. The CX-9 was designed and engineered with both eyes on the North American market, just like its little brother, the CX-7. The larger ute will get Mazda’s new MZI 3.5L V6 coupled with a six-speed auto. It will be built at Ujina No. 1 plant near Mazda HQ in Hiroshima and is expected to arrive in dealer showrooms by early 2007.

[Source: Mazda]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      "All of your Mazdaphile candy ass howling doesn't make me wrong. Murano is the original - nobody had anything like it before. Now me-too Mazda jumps on the bandwagon".

      We should say that about all the companys that build minivans since Chrysler was the first?
      Every car maker has been inspired by another.
      Its good Mazda built it because its nice to the eyes.
      I`m pro GM & Ford domestic but mazda would be my choice for a Japanese make.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The is beautiful on the outside, but has one of the worst interiors I've ever been in. The GMs and Fords of the world has a chance as long as Nissan is producing interiors like this!

      The CX-7,9 look great on the outside. I like the sporty styling. We'll see how the interior stacks up.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Nissan should sue them - this is a Murano ripoff.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Okay geniuses... Google "CX-7 looks Murano" and count the dozens of people in all kinds of forums who say essentially Murna made the mold and Mazda poured its products right into it.

      All of your Mazdaphile candy ass howling doesn't make me wrong. Murano is the original - nobody had anything like it before. Now me-too Mazda jumps on the bandwagon.

      It's too bad, because Mazda is capable of good design, like the RX-* and the Kubura concept - two real originals. This thing is a copy that they should be ashamed of.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #1 Uh no...then Mazda should sue Toyota over the new Camry. How about VW or Audi suing Ford over their designs. Or how every car company should be suing each other. Or every car company suing all the Chinese car companies for having similar designs...

      ANYWAYS, good looking crossover. I am sure it will do well. I would definitely buy one :)
      • 9 Years Ago
      #8, you're probably right. although i'm guessing that the MZI tacks on variable valve timing to the Duratec, which was the case on the previous MZI 3.0L
      • 8 Years Ago
      WTF! Who the hell cares whether the all-new CX-9 looks like a Murano or not?

      The real question is, who is stupid enough to buy an SUV/CUV when a number of more traditional wagons (read: Subaru Legacy, Mazda 6) can do everything these the utes can, but handle better, are more fun to drive, suck less gas, and are often cheaper to buy/own?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Where in the heck does it look like a Murano?
      Murano's are gross, this is not, this looks like a CX-7.

      What's with all of the negative comments people? I can provide you with the links on all the CX-7 posts and they were 98.3% pumped about this lineup, must be a case of the Tuesdays?!
      • 9 Years Ago
      im no expert but i have a feeling mazda's new mzi 3.5 is just the new duratec 3.5.

      now when will they put the 3.5 in the mazda6 with a manual...
      • 9 Years Ago
      The "moron"O, uh errr... I mean Murano wishes it looked this good. They'd have no basis for a suit since this out classes the Murano in all categories. Maybe the owners of Muranos should sue Nissan for making a crossover ute that cannot handle 4 people AND their luggage, have you ever seen the boot of a Murano? It's a tiny little thing compaired to the rest of the vehicle.
      • 9 Years Ago
      im pretty sure that the 3.5 is just a duratec maybe mildly retuned to fit the mazda brand image [but i'm betting not]
      • 9 Years Ago
      With three kids, I'm very interested in this vehicle. This first photo doesn't look so good, though. Looks like a stretched CX-7 with a bland front end. I WISH they'd ripped off the Murano--it's considerably more interesting to look at.
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