The upcoming 2023 Mazda CX-9 is a three-row SUV that provides premium interior and very dynamic styling. However, the future of the CX-9 model is not so bright, according to the most recent reports. From what we know, the CX-90 will arrive as a replacement. This means the 2023 CX-9 could be the last model on the roads. If you didn’t know, Mazda is slowly but surely changing the suffix to brand’s models.
Logically, CX-9 will become the CX-90 model, but Mazda will surely deliver a unique crossover SUV with a lot of new stuff. As for the CX-9, some rumors are predicting a new powertrain option and other significant upgrades. In reality, we would only expect minor updates, as this is most likely the last CX-9 model ever produced.
Mazda CX-9 Exterior Updates
The next 2023 Mazda CX-9 will reportedly introduce the next-gen redesign. However, many reliable sources are suggesting minor updates instead. The current generation is here for six years, so the new-gen model makes perfect sense. On the other hand, Mazda clearly plans to replace the CX-9 model with the brand-new CX-90 variant. At this moment, it is hard to predict anything. Moreover, official details are still not here.
The current model looks stylish, sporting a sharper exterior design and combining it with premium features. The CX-9 model also comes with numerous trim levels and packages. Carbon Edition is a good choice. Mazda introduced the mid-range Touring Plus trim level. This trim will be available once again. It is another good option, as it provides 20-inch wheels, a black grille, and various interior upgrades.
The cabin of the 2023 Mazda CX-9 will also host minor updates. The upcoming model comes with a premium interior and three rows of seats. The 2022MY already introduced a new user-friendly infotainment system and a 10.3-inch touchscreen. This SUV also provides a wireless smartphone charging pad, remote start, remote locking, new phone integrations, and the latest safety aids.
However, changes are far from significant. The approaching CX-9 model also delivers soft-touch plastic, brushed aluminum, and chrome accents. The range-topping Signature trim level provides leather seats, a larger touchscreen, matte finishes, and genuine rosewood.
New Engine for CX-9 SUV?
While most of the three-row SUVs are offering a potent V6 engine, the 2023 Mazda CX-9 provides a turbo-four engine. It is a smaller 2.5-liter engine, capable of producing 227 horsepower. Mazda already made the AWD system standard in all trim levels. A 6-speed automatic transmission is once again available as the only gearbox option. Pouring 93-octane fuel will help CX-9 SUV achieve almost 250 horsepower.
The new engine is not on the cards, so rumors about the hybrid powertrain are clearly false. However, the new CX-90 model introduces some sort of electrification. As for the CX-9, it provides solid performances. Acceleration is not that impressive, but handling and ride quality are superb.
2023 Mazda CX-9 Release Date, Price
Nothing will change in terms of price, so the new 2023 Mazda CX-9 will cost around $36,500 once again. The range-topping trim level will cost closer to $50,000. The new model will arrive in the second half of 2022. It could be the last CX-9 model before Mazda replaces it with the brand-new CX-90 model.