Changes on the new 2020 Mazda CX-9 will be the first major facelift since the vehicle entered the new generation. A mid-size SUV is stylish, comfortable, affordable. It is not bringing some spectacular equipment and options, but it doesn’t lack any important piece either. With the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, we can’t find too many things we would like to see on the upcoming model.
With only one engine in the offer, the Japanese company must think forward. We can hear rumors about the diesel version of the 2020 Mazda CX-9. However, we still miss the official announcements. Furthermore, a hybridization will have to take place somewhere in the future. All of Mazda’s rivals are already developing hybrid models. Soon, the first all-electric mid-size SUVs will appear as well. So, there is no time to waste.
The 2020 Mazda CX-9 will be pretty versatile. Buyers can upgrade it with attractive packages. The most affordable will be Sport, while some of them are bringing premium features and launches the CX-9 into a luxury section.
2020 Mazda CX-9 Facelift and Changes
After the revisit of the interior, designers will pay more attention to the look of the 2020 Mazda CX-9. The new SUV will suffer some modifications up front. The new mask and headlights will refresh the appearance definitely. Wheels and side skirts will keep the shape we already used to see. Still, the upgrades on the front fascia should be enough to talk about significant refresh. The grille could be larger, although the CX-9 has the biggest one in the entire lineup. Well, it is a huge SUV compared to CX-5 and CX-3. The vehicle will use the same platform, and dimensions and sizes will be the same in the future.
For the current edition, the SUV got some serious additions inside the cockpit. Designers were focused on comfort, so we are getting a more elegant and aesthetic cabin. The infotainment system is upgraded with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. So, there is no need to worry about this in the future. Various packages and trim levels will improve the offer. But even the base model will offer everything you need. Steering wheel with command buttons, climate control, USB ports, and Bluetooth connectivity are there.
Sport, Touring, Signature
The upcoming 2020 Mazda CX-9 will keep the trim levels that the current SUV offers. Besides the entry-level model, the vehicle will come with a Sport as the next option. We would recommend an additional Sport package that costs just $1,300 and adds cool features. Among other features, you will find assist and warning systems for lane departure and lane assist, automatic wipers with rain detection, cruise controls, and heated front seats.
Higher trim level is Touring and it gets power adjustable buckets and leather seats. Infotainment is improved with USB ports available for rear row, and HomeLink system. Features available for Sport version are there for Touring and Grand Touring CX-9, which also adds some premium equipment. Ventilated front seats, 360-degree camera, and 20-inch wheels are some of the upgrades for this luxury trim. The Premium package is optional, and adds power sunroof, premium audio by Bose, LED fog lamps, and navigation.
2020 Mazda CX-9 Specs, Diesel
A 2.5-liter inline-four engine is currently the only drivetrain available for the 2020 Mazda CX-9. This turbo unit is reliable and potent, with 230 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. For a four-pot engine, it can offer a respectable towing capacity of 7,500 pounds. Still, it keeps mileage at high levels. A six-speed automatic gearbox is transferring power to front wheels by default. In this case, the SUV return 22/28 mpg for city/highway. With all-wheel drive, the CX-9 mileage drops to 20/26 mpg.
Fans of the 2020 Mazda CX-9 expect news about a possible diesel engine for the SUV. Rumors about this version are louder and louder, but still not so certain for the US edition. Still, the company considers adding a 2.2-liter diesel unit that offers better outputs. It lacks power compared to the petrol unit (190 ponies, compared to 230 hp), but steps up with better torque (25 lb-ft more). Also, the diesel unit will have a better fuel economy and probably equal towing capacity. Still, it costs around $2,000 more than the gasoline unit.
2020 Mazda CX-9 Price, Release Date
The 2020 Mazda CX-9 will be available by the end of the year. Late in 2019, we will see the premier and the debut of the new model. Then, we will know more precise details about the diesel engine and prices. Expect the new CX-9 to start at the same level as its predecessor, around $33,000. Features of the Touring model are adding $3,000-$3,500. Grand Touring is already a premium offer with a cost above $40,000, while the Signature version will be close to $50k, and probably over if diesel engine appears for the next season.