Introduced in 2007, the Mazda CX-9 is a seven-passenger full-size crossover sharing its platform with the Ford Edge. Now entering its seventh year in showrooms, Mazda has again treated it to a mild mid-cycle facelift (it was also updated for the 2010 model year).

Physically speaking, the front and rear fascia receive familiar Kodo design enhancements that better align the CUV with its siblings (namely, the CX-5 and Mazda6). Inside, the cabin is the automaker's next-generation infotainment and audio package with a 5.8-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth connectivity (audio and phone) and navigation (based on TomTom technology). Other audio enhancements include HD Radio, a Pandora interface and SMS audio receipt and delivery.

The 2013 Mazda CX-9 is in showrooms today. Scroll down for the official press blast.
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- Several New Models to Enter the U.S. Market, Announcements on Motorsports and Diesel -

Nov 26, 2012

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today confirmed the announcement of several North American vehicle debuts at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. The all-new 2014 Mazda6 mid-size sedan, updated 2014 CX-5 compact SUV and face-lifted 2013 CX-9 mid-size SUV will make their first continental appearances. All vehicles are scheduled to be on sale this winter. A global debut from Mazda Motorsports as well as official timing and vehicle application for the U.S.-destined SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean diesel engine also will share the stage.


"It's definitely an exciting time for the Zoom-Zoom brand," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. "The long-awaited, redesigned 2014 Mazda6 will naturally receive much interest but let's not take away from our strong SUV lineup in the CX-5 and CX-9, which are segment leaders in their own right. Motorsports, an innate part of Mazda's soul, will have important news to share and last but most certainly not least SKYACTIV-D will be here. I have no doubt that consumers will look at Mazda's upcoming lineup with wide eyes, stirred hearts and driving inspiration."

Taking nearly identical design cues from the TAKERI Concept, the 2014 Mazda6 follows in the all-new footsteps and clean-sheet-of-paper approach of CX-5 to become the second production vehicle to feature the full breadth of the KODO "Soul of Motion" design language and also fully incorporate SKYACTIV®[1] TECHNOLOGY. Mazda6 will feature a new SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine as well as new-to-market technologies in the Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) system, an automated safety feature designed to mitigate front-end collisions at low speeds, and i-ELOOP, a Mazda-developed capacitor-based brake energy regeneration system for improved fuel economy.

The 2014 CX-5 also will receive the SCBS system, which will be available as part of an upgraded Technology Package for Touring and Grand Touring models. At this time, CX-5 will not be equipped with i-ELOOP.

Both the 2014 CX-5 and 2014 Mazda6 will go on sale in January 2013.

Available at Mazda dealerships now, the 2013 CX-9 receives a mid-cycle facelift, immediately evident in its familial KODO design enhancements to the front and rear fascia. The three-row, seven-passenger SUV stalwart also becomes even more tech savvy with Mazda's next-generation audio and infotainment system that includes a 5.8-inch color multi-information touch screen display, updated Bluetooth® audio and phone connectivity, a TomTom technology-based in-dash navigation system, HD Radio™ Technology, Pandora® and Short Message Service (SMS) audio receipt and delivery.

Mazda Motorsports will unveil an all-new competition race car which will make its motorsports debut in January at the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona, the premier motorsports endurance race in the United States. The vehicle will be equipped with a turbocharged SKYACTIV-D 2.2L, making it the first diesel-powered competitor in the 51-year history of the 24-hour race. Upon build-completion, the diesel racing engine remained 63 percent OEM stock. Mazda will be seeking its 24th motorsports class win.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Well it's not ugly, but this definitely needs a new generation. The Kodo styling looks a little cut/pasted on. Thanks for keeping it fresh though, Mazda!
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yeah. I'm all for the new design language, but slapping it on what will be an already 6-year old design, however competitive, is tacky. I don't expect that from Mazda.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope they have a redesign in the works - this is still a great CUV, but it can't last forever with just minor styling changes and some interior tech upgrades. I think the best front end on this car was the one it was originally designed with.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mazda needs to get some mechanical updates into this vehicle; for a quick and easily fix, Mazda should do the same tweaks Ford has done to get 300 HP out of this engine in various cars, vs the 273 hp it has now in the CX-9, and maybe see if Ford will sell them any of the 2.0 liter ecoboost engines to throw in as a fuel saver version; the Ford Edge, which shares the same CD3 platform, has that engine already available, so making it fit would require only a trivial amount of engineering work. And Ford has no problems selling the ecoboost engines to Volvo, Land Rover, and Jaguar, so why not Mazda? For the longer term, Mazda should look into a 3ish liter diesel V6 making ~240 hp, and a turbo version of their 2.5 liter SkyActive motor making ~300 hp, for use in larger vehicles like this, and performance versions of their smaller cars.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I drive in '09 and still think the CX-9 is at or near the top of its class. It's definitely the most engaging driver and has a very useful/practical interior although it is lacking in some areas, notably tech. But it's shocking how long Mazda and others have been willing to let their 3-row CUVs go without significant changes. The CX-9, Pilot, Highlander, Acadia and Traverse are virtually the same cars that were on sale in 2006/2007. This is a growing and competitive segment and all the manufacturers are offering are refreshes (Mazda, GM). They are all risking falling behind if a new or seriously improved model enters the mix. The Explorer is a sales hit but not exactly critically loved. If I had a stake in this segment I would be seriously concerned about the new Pathfinder.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still one of the best looking 7 passenger full size SUV's on the market. Has been since day 1.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Same exact car with a Kodo face. Better looking than the stupid grin.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mazda has a real styling problem.
      Bryan Warren
      • 2 Years Ago
      The new Mazda lineup is UGLY!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bryan Warren
        I recommend you look into corrective lenses, ASAP.
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      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it sucks. The CX-9 deserves better than having Mazda's latest flavor of the month styling slapped on it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Solid choice. I would recommend this cause it looks good and drives well
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's based on the Mazda6, replete with huge turning circle (like my 6 wagon). How many facelifts do they think they can get away with?
          • 2 Years Ago
          The CX-9 was based on a Volvo platform. It was the CX-7 that was based on the Mazda 6.
          • 2 Years Ago
          You are incorrect tagberto. The CX-9 is built on the Ford/Mazda CD3 platform , along with the Mazda 6, Ford Fusion, Ford Edge, and a number of other vehicles. The CX-7 doesn't share a platform with any other vehicles, though Mazda was able to reuse a bunch of parts from other vehicles to build it - front suspension from the Mazda MPV, rear from the Mazda 5, engine from a Mazdaspeed 6/3, ect.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mazda got it so right in 2007 that they have been able to keep this vehicle competitive with only mild mid life cycle redesigns. Good job on this one Mazda!!!.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Grafting a new design theme onto an old car rarely goes well, and this one is no exception. The new nose is attractive enough, as is the overall shape, but the two do not live happily together. And what is with the relentlessly drab, gray interiors? That is not a place I would want to spend any serious amount of time. No word on mechanical upgrades, which is also bad news for a 7-year-old design in a fast-changing segment.
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