Despite visual evidence to the contrary, the new Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV is not the same as the Mazda CX-7 crossover SUV. True, they look quite similar...and the PR material for one appears to always mention the other, but Mazda assures us the two are totally different vehicles...the only apparent difference is one's a bit bigger than the other. That makes sense cause the two CUV's are built on completely different platforms. It's still hard not to notice the similarities between the two vehicles. So...despite the comments to the contrary from Mazda we are totally still not convinced that the CX-9 isn't just the CX-9 goin' anabolic on our scrawny butts. The press release and a CX-7 pic can be found after the jump:
2007 MAZDA CX-9 CROSSOVER SUV TO MAKE GLOBAL DEBUT AT 2006 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
IRVINE, Calif. - Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) will unveil its all-new 2007 Mazda CX-9 seven -passenger crossover sport-utility vehicle (SUV) at next week's New York International Auto Show. Arriving in Mazda dealerships in early 2007, the CX-9 is designed and engineered specifically for North America . The Mazda CX-9's design sets new standards for style, while incorporating an interior of sophisticated elegance with class-leading space and unmatched versatility. Best of all, CX-9 - like all Mazdas - has the Soul of a Sportscar.
Like the Mazda CX-7 presented earlier this year, the CX-9 is a clean break from the traditional boxy SUVs crowding the US market, deftly blending sporty driving spirit with seven-passenger SUV practicality.
"The North American market continues to play a leading role in Mazda Motor Corporation's global future and financial health," emphasizes Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. "The all-new CX-7 and CX-9 were engineered specifically for North America to help us fulfill ambitious goals. The CX-9 has traits only a Mazda SUV could have: strong performance, agile handling, precise steering and superior quality and craftsmanship."
Mazda C X-9 targets y oung couples and modern families with a focus on family interests, yet haven't lost their desire for high-intensity leisure activities, learning experiences and social interaction. It is also ideal for couples with grown children who pursue an active lifestyle.
Every CX-9 is powered by a new 3.5-liter V6 engine driven through a standard six-speed automatic transmission. Final drive is through either front- or all-wheel drive. Brakes are large ventilated discs on all four wheels.
More detail on specific model content will be available closer to launch, but standard features on all trims include air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, cruise control, and six airbags. To help avoid accidents, all CX-9s are fitted as standard with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS). An optionally available power-operated lift gate provides one-touch opening and closing access to the cargo hold.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Mazda North American Operations oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario, Canada and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.
Gettin' All Under the CX-7 [internal]