The second-generation CX-9’s efficiency improves a dramatic 32-percent compared to its predecessor. Like Mazda’s entire lineup of 2016 cars and crossovers the 2016 CX-9 has adopted efficient, lightweight SKYACTIV Technology. Similar to the 2016 MX-5 with its 29-percent improvement in EPA-estimated fuel economy versus its predecessor, the CX-9 benefits from a drastic weight reduction, yet it adds amenities and provides more agile handling dynamics and improved performance.
At the heart of the 2016 CX-9 is its new SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine, which produces the power of a V-6 engine without the fuel-efficiency penalty. It uses a dual-valve Dynamic Pressure Turbo to quickly generate power and a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system (EGR) to lower engine temperatures without having to add extra fuel as many turbocharged engines do. Uncommon in a turbocharged, gasoline-powered engine, a cooled EGR doesn’t affect EPA fuel-economy numbers, but it does help achieve improved real-world efficiency versus turbocharged engines without cooled EGRs.
CX-9’s engine makes a hearty 427 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque from just 2,000 rpm and 250 horsepower at 5,000 rpm using 93-octane gasoline (227 horsepower with 87-octane). It comes paired with a six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission.
Front-wheel drive is standard, and Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive is optionally available, delivering confidence in any road conditions. i-ACTIV all-wheel drive sends power where it’s needed before the driver can sense a loss in traction by measuring road and vehicle conditions more than 200 times per second via 27 sensors. Due to its lightweight design, i-ACTIV all-wheel drive adds little mechanical friction, leading to its stellar fuel-economy numbers.
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 is scheduled to go on sale in the second quarter of the year in the North American market. Final packaging and pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.
Edited: Mazda U.S.A.