All-new Mazda CX9: New def­i­ni­tion for 3-row crossovers

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

KUWAIT: Kuwait Au­to­mo­tive Im­ports Co along with Mazda launched its long-awaited the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion CX-9 cross­over. It de­liv­ers a com­pre­hen­sive in­te­rior and ex­te­rior over­haul, bless­ing the CX-9 with a pow­er­ful, ef­fi­cient Sky­ac­tiv pow­er­train, and in­still­ing even more of the sport­ing char­ac­ter that makes Mazda’s so darn charm­ing.

Yousef Al-Shaya, CEO, KAICO elab­o­rated on the strong his­toric bond be­tween KAICO and Mazda and Mazda’s core val­ues. He ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to all Mazda cus­tomers who sup­ported KAICO in the last 47 years. He also em­pha­sized that Mazda, with its new CX-9, pushed the bound­aries of tra­di­tion to achieve the un­achieved. This new CX-9 flag­ship is a per­fect ex­am­ple of Mazda’s grow­ing de­sign

Ashish Tan­don, GM, Kaico added that with the new CX-9, en­gi­neers sought to in­still driv­ing dy­nam­ics be­fit­ting of a Mazda-ag­ile han­dling, tight steer­ing and a re­spon­sive, con­trol­lable pow­er­train. To do this, they found smart so­lu­tions to keep CX-9’s struc­ture light, yet rigid, with SKY­AC­TIV Tech­nol­ogy. They de­vel­oped a new tur­bocharged SKY­AC­TIV-G 2.5T en­gine that de­liv­ers in­stant throt­tle re­sponse, class-lead­ing torque and an es­ti­mated around 20-per­cent in­crease in fuel- ef­fi­ciency.

As is so of­ten the case, it’s not so much the style but the choice of ma­te­ri­als that stands out. Nappa leather paired with real Ja­panese rose­wood and alu­minum ac­cents to craft a cabin that feels far more ex­pen­sive than what you might ex­pect from Mazda.

The all new CX-9 sets it­self apart from other 3 row cross overs. CX-9 car­ries shorter over­hangs on both ends, length­en­ing its hood and adding a sense of strength through pro­por­tions. Hous­ing large wheels- 18 and 20-inch wheels-CX-9’s ta­pered fend­ers are pushed to the edge of its body, giv­ing the ve­hi­cle a wide, trape­zoidal stance.

The smooth lines start up front with a bold, five-point grille with dou­ble bars. They’re flanked on ei­ther side by stan­dard low- and high-beam LED head­lights. The bold grille in­tro­duces a strong lower body and sleek up­per body that el­e­vates KODO, in­tro­duc­ing sleek curves that pro­vide a pre­mium ap­peal in a seg­ment awash with con­ven­tion. Cov­ered in the eerie glow of Ma­chine Gray paint, it looks ex­pen­sive enough to wear a lux­ury-brand badge. Ma­te­rial qual­ity is ex­cel­lent through­out. Many of the plas­tics are so finely grained and soft to the touch that they ap­pear to be bovine based. The over­all ef­fect is one of pu­rity, sim­plic­ity and Ja­panese beauty.

The Tech Savvy Cock­pit

New CX9 is equipped with all the lat­est giz­mos, blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, a power lift­gate, an auto-dim­ming rearview mir­ror, an 8.0-inch touch­screen, 12-speaker Bose stereo, rain-sens­ing wipers, satel­lite ra­dio, sun­roof, a head-up dis­play, lane-de­par­ture warn­ing, lane-keep­ing as­sist, adap­tive cruise con­trol with for­ward-col­li­sion warn­ing and au­to­mated emer­gency brak­ing, au­to­matic high-beams, and alu­minum in­te­rior trim.

More from Four - Tur­bocharged SKY­AC­TIV-G 2.5T En­gine

An­other ma­jor dif­fer­ence be­tween the CX-9 and its com­pe­ti­tion is un­der the hood. While most in this class of­fer V-6 power, the CX-9 comes only with a tur­bocharged four-cylin­der. The en­gine dis­places 2.5 liters and makes 250 horse­power on pre­mium fuel and 227 horse­power on reg­u­lar. In the real world, these driv­ers spend most of their time at about 2000 rpm. So, to pro­vide punch where own­ers want it, the CX-9’s en­gine makes 310 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm re­gard­less of oc­tane.

To com­bat turbo lag, the en­gine has what Mazda calls the Dy­namic Pres­sure Turbo Sys­tem that com­bines the ad­van­tages of vari­able-vane and twin-scroll tur­bocharger tech­nolo­gies in one small part. There are three but­ter­fly valves po­si­tioned in the ex­haust man­i­fold at the en­trance to the tur­bocharger. Be­low 1620 rpm, these valves are closed, forc­ing ex­haust gases through re­stricted paths, thereby rais­ing the pul­sa­tion en­ergy of the ex­haust im­pact­ing the tur­bine wheel (like a thumb over a wa­ter hose). At 1620 rpm, when the ex­haust vol­ume is large enough, the valves open, and the turbo op­er­ates nor­mally. There­fore the Dy­namic Pres­sure Turbo Sys­tem gives bet­ter & sus­tained at torque even at lower RPM.

i-AC­TIV AWD Pre­dicts Road Con­di­tions for Max­i­mum Sta­bil­ity

i-AC­TIV AWD upped the ante, im­ple­ment­ing a host of other sen­sors that were al­ready in­te­grated into ve­hi­cles for other func­tions and chan­nel­ing the in­for­ma­tion they pre­sented such as am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture, steer­ing wheel an­gle, lon­gi­tu­di­nal grip, brake fluid pres­sure and even windshield wiper move­ment. In all, iACTIV AWD brings 22 dif­fer­ent sen­sors to­gether to paint a pic­ture of road con­di­tions and di­rect torque to the rear wheel as nec­es­sary, pre­dict­ing what the driver may face on a slick road in the win­ter or in heavy rain.

i-AC­TIV AWD mea­sures road con­di­tions 200 times ev­ery sec­ond and can ad­just power distri­bu­tion to ac­count for wheel slip even in dry con­di­tions. It can even route power to limit un­der­steer dur­ing spir­ited driv­ing, send­ing as much as 50 per­cent of CX-9’s power to the rear wheels through Mazda’s proven six-speed SKY­AC­TIV-DRIVE au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Beat the Fuel Price In­crease

Word of the day is Fuel ef­fi­ciency and Mazda has kept its prom­ise to cus­tomers. The down­sized en­gine and lighter weight help boost Fuel ef­fi­ciency in city/high­way, even bet­ter from its pre­de­ces­sor the 3.7L V6 Sky­ac­tiv en­gine. New tur­bocharged SKY­AC­TIV-G 2.5T en­gine de­liv­ers 20-per­cent in­crease in fu­el­ef­fi­ciency.

It is not just the car, KAICO has in­tro­duced All New CX9 2017 MY at very spe­cial price and is now on dis­play in Kuwait Au­to­mo­tive Im­port Co’s Mazda show­room. Visit to test drive and ac­knowl­edge the zoom-zoom ex­pe­ri­ence of All-new Mazda CX9.

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