The destiny of the beloved CX-9 has been sealed since we first saw the 2024 Mazda CX-90. Mazda has already stated that the CX-9 and CX-90 would not be able to coexist like the CX-5 and CX-50. According to Mazda, the CX-9 will be phased out at the end of the 2023 model year.
This is due to a more significant transition occurring within Mazda’s lineup of crossover models. While the CX-90 is built on Mazda’s new longitudinal-engine platform and comes with either a turbocharged inline-six engine or a plug-in hybrid powertrain, the CX-9 is based on the company’s transverse-engine architecture and employs a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Back in 2013, Bermaz debuted the 2013 Mazda CX-9 with a fresh appearance in Malaysia. Later on, in 2017, we received the updated Malaysian-spec CX-9 and the currently available model is the Mazda CX-9 Ignite Edition priced from RM328,000.
The 3.5 L Ford V6 engine that powered the first-generation CX-9 was replaced in 2008 with a 3.7 L one that produced 274 horsepower and 366 Nm of torque. The upgraded engine, which Mazda now developed themselves, was unveiled in June 2007.
Mazda unveiled the second generation CX-9 at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, nine years after the first model went on sale. The 2016 Mazda CX-9 was completely new, built on the Skyactiv platform, and equipped with engines that are also found in other new Mazdas that were unveiled after 2011.
Mazda has not stated for how long the CX-9 will be available in stock but all we know is, if you want your hands on one, now is the time. Otherwise, the CX-90 looks like it might just be worth the wait too.