After five years, Mazda is ready to pay more attention to its largest SUV. The CX-9 is a mid-size model, although 200-inches long. After the facelift, we can expect a more muscular look and modern interior. One thing will remain the same on the 2021 Mazda CX-9 – the base red color.
We are trying to find out details about the hybrid model. The vehicle needs such a drivetrain to stay competitive with other companies and SUVs. Mazda’s SkyActiv technology is something special. However, unique engines cannot cope with the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which returns 35 mpg. But, this model is not the only rival.
The midsize SUV market is rapidly growing. We are seeing more and more vehicles. However, the CX-9 maintains good sales and the upcoming redesign will improve its chances on the market. Engineers and designers are already working on fixing problems for the upcoming 2021 Mazda CX-9. We would like to see the SUV with more power and a smoother gearbox. Plus, the extra length was not used properly and owners complained about the storage space and third-row legroom.
LATEST UPDATE: REDESIGN RESCHEDULED FOR 2022 MAZDA CX-9
Unchanged Engine Lineup
A 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine was the only choice for potential buyers of the CX-9 SUV. The drivetrain is punchy, considering its size. With 250 horsepower (premium fuel required), it delivers a smooth acceleration. On the other hand, most of 2021 Mazda CX-9 rivals will use V6 powerplants. Some of them will bring a lot more ponies. So, the smaller displacement means a better fuel economy, right? In some hand. Mazda lacks power, but 25 mpg combined with FWD is not satisfying reward. Well, the abovementioned Highlander can do 35 mpg.
If you choose an all-wheel drive, the gas mileage drops to 23 mpg. We still recommend this upgrade, since the handling and maneuvering are amazing. Definitely, this is one of the reasons why buy the 2021 Mazda CX-9. A six-speed automatic transmission is outdated. Engineers are working on the new gearbox, which will definitely improve the entire image of this SUV, as well as the driving impression.
2021 Mazda CX-9 Hybrid and Diesel
Mazda entered the new realm with the CX-30 hybrid. Now, it is time to move forward and bring that configuration to its more popular nameplates. Still, chiefs are shy when spiking of this upgrade. The wish is there, but it seems the development is slow. Well, Mazda will need to speed it up if they want to maintain the position in the market.
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 Hybrid would bring a lot of advantages. First of all, attached to a four-cylinder engine, this system can enhance outputs. More power – the more interest by potential owners. Plus, the fuel economy will get a significant leap towards 30 mpg combined. A couple of good reasons are more than enough for Mazda to do something about the midsize hybrid SUV.
Another option for this company is to add a diesel option for the US market. A 2.2-liter turbodiesel is already available in Europe. The SkyActiv technology makes petrol engines be efficient as diesels. On the other hand, oil-burners are emitting fewer gases. However, it is still not good enough to meet EPA requirements for the United States.
2021 Mazda CX-9 Redesign Details
The company confirmed the facelift of the 2021 Mazda CX-9. However, spokesmen did not unveil details. Fans can expect a more muscular and bolder look than before. There is no room for growth since the SUV is already on the border between mid- and full-size segments. But, 200 inches of length were not used as we thought. Lack of space both for passengers and cargo are huge downsides. Plus, the CX-9 can tow only 3,500 pounds. Well, to improve this, the SUV will need a V6 power.
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 interior will probably bring the most changes. This season the carmaker added some interesting features. Intelligent systems will help drivers. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto could be included for the base versions since these services are currently available only on higher trims. A nine-inch screen remains the center of the infotainment system. Even the entry-level model is well-equipped, so there is no wonder why CX-9 costs slightly higher than its rivals. The highlight of the lineup is definitely the Signature package, which includes captain’s chairs in the middle row, reducing seating capacity to six.
2021 Mazda CX-9 Release Date
The release date of the 2021 Mazda CX-9 SUV depends on the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, the entire industry is affected and knocked out. But, one thing is sure – as soon as the situation calms down, carmakers will start testing and launching new vehicles. The CX-9 is the priority for Mazda and definitely the first model we see from this manufacturer. The base price will go up a bit. Expect the MSRP to start above $35,000 with the Sport trim, and reach $50,000 with Signature model and AWD.