LOS ANGELES -- Nine years after introducing the original CX-9, Mazda Motor Corp. today unveiled a second generation of its three-row family crossover, pushing into near-luxury territory with a potent, turbocharged engine and a plush interior that includes panels of rosewood supplied by Japanese guitar-maker Fujigen.
The engine, based upon the 2.5-liter engine used in the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5, packs 310 pounds-feet of torque and 250 hp, compared with 185 pounds-feet and 184 hp for the naturally aspirated version. The extra oomph, delivered by a turbocharger that adjusts exhaust pulsation based on the speed of the engine, gives Mazda a suitable powertrain for future high-performance cars.
Mazda aimed the CX-9 at parents who need space for children but care about upscale design and driving feel, chief engineer Masashi Otsuka told reporters ahead of the crossover’s unveiling Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This blend of function and emotion, Otsuka said, “is what Mazda does well.”