Next-Generation Mazda CX-9
Turbocharging technology has come a long way in the past few years, and Mazda is confident they can use the forced induction method to make the next-generation Mazda CX-9 into an SUV with even more efficiency and drivability.
The current model CX-9 SUVs are equipped with a 3.7L V6 that the vehicle has been using for quite some time. According to a recent report, a next-generation Mazda CX-9 is in the works for 2016—and the engine inside it is going to get a SkyActiv treatment just like all of its next-gen partners in the Mazda lineup.
To be honest, it won’t be exactly like the engines that have propelled vehicles like Mazda3 and the MX-5 Miata to top of the auto industry’s list of conversation topics. All of those SkyActiv masterpieces are naturally aspirated, and the plan for (what we presume to be) the 2017 Mazda CX-9 includes a turbo charger that would work in tandem with the rest of Mazda’s SkyActiv drivetrain cues.
According to the automaker, diesel was another option for freshening up the next-generation Mazda CX-9. The decision to go with a turbo, however, continues to allow CX-9 to compete with many of the SUVs we see here in America. Turbocharging is quickly becoming the staple way by which larger vehicles are achieving greater fuel economy, plus diesel is still a fuel source that many in the country don’t associate with everyday passenger vehicles.
In developing a turbocharged four-cylinder for the next-generation CX-9, Mazda assures drivers that they will not be abandoning the idea of a V6 altogether. The automaker recognizes that Mazda is quickly coming to be known as a brand that brings luxury-inspired design and performance into the realm of the everyday. Mazda sees a powerful and efficient V6 as one of the means by which they’ll continue that trend in the future.
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