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Spotlight

Mazda CX-9

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:58

The movement of a wild animal, and the instant it pounces, is the hallmark of Mazda’s KODO “Soul of Motion” philosophy. This design approach, and a clear emphasis on sophistication, is visible in the renovated Mazda CX-9.

The SUV crossover provides an intimate experience and incorporates the Jinba-Ittai philosophy that focuses on the driver’s comfort. Controls are accessible through natural motion, causing no physical strain. Passengers will also be more comfortable in the redesigned three rows of seating.

Shorter and wider than its previous model, the CX-9 has an athletic and more stable appearance for a sportier feel. Its compact LED headlights, large hood and wheels highlight its size, while lateral lines from the headlights to the trunk create the illusion of continuous movement.

The refreshed approach goes deeper than appearances. The Mazda CX-9 incorporates innovative structures and materials that ensure safety and strength while reducing weight by 120kg. The use of insulating materials also reduces noise and vibration. The CX-9's chassis has been optimized for performance through a redesigned suspension that increases the caster angle, improving stability at high speeds as well as comfort. Friction-minimizing front shock absorbers were added and rear shock absorbers were aligned to the suspension’s movement.

The new CX-9 features the Mazda Connect system. Through an 8-inch touchscreen it offers access to the driver’s cellphone functions such as making calls, managing contacts and changing the phone settings. It also displays music information and allows users to access apps such as Stitcher and Aha. The screen also offers access to useful information regarding the vehicle’s performance such as gas mileage and allows drivers to schedule maintenance services.

A SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine provides some bite under the hood, with a power output of 250hp at 5,000rpm and 420Nm of torque at 2,000rpm. This engine has a lower fuel consumption, emits less CO2 and improves overall performance. With the SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed transmission, fuel yield improves by 7 percent compared with its predecessor while presenting an effortless driving sensation. The Madza CX-9 commits to driver and passenger safety with the i-ACTIV AWD predictive system that optimizes traction in all four wheels by analyzing road conditions.