Changes in the mid-size 2021 Mazda CX-9 will make this SUV more aggressive and elegant. The company will upgrade the offer with captain’s chairs in the middle row, more standard features, and optionally a hybrid drivetrain. Recently, we saw Mazda’s smallest model getting such technology. In the near future, its larger siblings will also get a similar upgrade.
In 2021 the SUV will be ready for the mid-cycle update. That requires big changes, especially in the mid-size three-row class. This is probably the hottest segment in the automotive market currently, although compact crossovers are achieving better sales. The competition is tough and the 2021 Mazda CX-9 must deliver something special to turn the attention to itself. The Japanese company is getting ready for the challenge.
2021 Mazda CX-9 Competition
The mid-size SUVs are offering the best combination of the power and size on the one side, and price on the other hand. With three rows of seats, these models are the best for family trips. So, there is no surprise why the sales are jumping in the last couple of years and why more and more companies are producing such vehicles.
The best-selling vehicle in the class is the Toyota Highlander. This one was the only one with a hybrid engine. Now, there is also Ford Explorer, which is trying to catch up with the Japanese carmaker. Another company from the same country is delivering a reliable SUV. Honda Pilot is also going through the redesign and it is worth waiting.
If you want a luxury model, then premium versions of these three models (Explorer – Lincoln Aviator, Highlander – Lexus RX, Pilot – Acura MDX) are class leaders. We also must add German carmakers as the special unit in the mid-size luxury segment.
2021 Mazda CX-9 Redesign Details
The new model for the 2020 season is mostly unchanged. The company is not putting too much effort, knowing the 2021 Mazda CX-9 will bring serious upgrades. Fans know it also, and they will be waiting for the redesigned SUV, rather than to spend money on the outgoing vehicle.
The changes on the exterior will make the CX-9 more aggressive. That is exactly what the SUV needs – an eye-catching moment to turn the attention. We still don’t know what changes exactly the carmaker is about to make, but even the base models will offer fresh styling. Larger grille and bumpers are always a good idea, as well as the wheels and rims design.
The size will remain pretty much the same. The vehicle is 200 inches long, with a 115-inch wheelbase. The cargo space starts from 14 cubic feet behind the third row. You can fold this and the second row to get either 38 or up to 71 cubic feet.
The SUV is not gaining extra space inside by extending the overall length, but the cabin is getting a new look. The access will be easier thanks to the sliding second row. Still, the space at the back is cramped and you will seat children only. On the other hand, the first two rows offer plenty of leg and headroom. The new 2021 Mazda CX-9 will introduce many features, even for the entry-level model. According to announcements, the CX-9 will have advanced equipment for the upper trims. Signature and Grand Touring models are the most expensive offer. Mid-range SUV is Touring, while the entry-level version is Sport.
2021 Mazda CX-9 Specs
Unfortunately, under the hood of the CX-9 is only a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. For the class where V8 units are available, this is one of the major downsides of Mazda’s SUV. Still, for an entry-level vehicle, the 2.5-liter SkyActiv is good for 227 horsepower. You can get up to 250 ponies if you use premium fuel. The SUV also produces 310 lb-ft of torque. This system will be carried over to the new version, again as the base solution. It pairs a six-speed automatic gearbox, which sends power to either front or all wheels. The four-cylinder might perform like a V6, but it can’t tow as much as its larger rivals. The towing capacity of the CX-9 is only 3,500 pounds. You will find some compact crossovers hauling more than this.
There are two types of rumors about the upcoming 2021 Mazda CX-9. The first is that engineers will go after the more capable V6 unit. That is definitely what the SUV needs. Chiefs didn’t mention the CX-9, but they promised an inline-six unit in the near future.
2021 Mazda CX-9 Price
The small displacement is not making the CX-9 one of the most affordable mid-size SUVs in the market. The carmaker is somewhere between premium and non-premium segment and their vehicle is going to be available for $35,000. Touring model will be probably just under $40k, while the top options will become more luxurious. The new design and the V6 unit will make the Signature version reach the premium prices (above $50,000).