Mazda CX-9

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Mazda CX-9
Mazda CX-9 (US)
ManufacturerMazda
Production2007–present
AssemblyHiroshima, Japan
PredecessorMazda MPV
ClassFull-size crossover SUV
Body style(s)5-door SUV
LayoutFront engine, front-wheel drive / All-wheel drive
PlatformFord CD3 platform
Engine(s)3.5 L MZI V6
3.7 L MZI V6
Transmission(s)6-speed F21 automatic
Wheelbase2875 mm (113.2 in)
Length5075 mm (199.8 in)
Width1935 mm (76.2 in)
Height1730 mm (68.1 in)
Grand Touring: 1735 mm (68.3 in)
RelatedFord Edge
Ford Fusion
Mercury Milan
Lincoln MKZ
Mazda6

The Mazda CX-9 is a full-size crossover SUV, also described as a "modern station wagon"[1], built by Mazda. It replaced the Mazda MPV minivan for North America . The CX-9 was unveiled on April 13, 2006 at the New York International Auto Show and went on sale in February 2007.

The CX-9 is built on the Ford CD3 Platform. Although it is similar in appearance to the smaller Mazda CX-7, the CX-9 shares little of that vehicle's platform components . It is a front-wheel drive vehicle with an optional All-wheel drive system in the Grand Touring Model.

The CX-9 is manufactured at Mazda's Ujina 1 plant in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

2007 model

The 2007 CX-9 was the first Mazda to use the 3.5 litre Cyclone V6. Standard safety equipment includes Dynamic Stability Control, traction control, Roll Stability Control, front side impact airbags and three row side curtain airbags. The CX-9 offers options such as DVD navigation system, handsfree Bluetooth phone link, backup camera, rear entertainment system with Bose 5.1 surround sound.

2008 model

For the 2008 model year, Mazda increased engine displacement to 3.7 litres. Mazda states that the new engine generates 204 kilowatts (273 hp) and 366 newton metres (270 ft·lbf) of torque.[2] The engine went into production in June 2007 at Mazda’s engine plant in Japan. The 2008 CX-9 uses an Aisin F21++ six-speed automatic transmission with a console-mounted shifter in a complex gate. Mazda also introduced a Blind Spot Monitoring System, and a Rearview Mirror mounted Backup Camera System. Also added Collision avoidance/blind spot warning detector. Mazda Also added the Nikoh E.S. Edition to the line up for 2008, It includes such items as a turn table, vocal booth, fully optioned Nikoh E.S. editions also come with Alicante Spain badging.

One major complaint, however, is the lack of storage space within the cabin. One will find it ironic that such a large crossover has such poorly designed and integrated use of storage.

The 2008 CX-9 won the prestigious Motor Trend SUV of the Year award, beating out such competitors as the Buick Enclave and Nissan Rogue.[3]

The 2008 Mazda CX-9 then won the North American Truck of the Year award at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2008. The CX-9's sister vehicle, the Mazda CX-7, came in second in the balloting for this award the prior year.

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