2008 Mazda CX-9 | new car review

Posted on Jun 12, 2008 by

From a two-model line-up,
has gone on to four models in its Middle East repertoire as the
– a large crossover SUV – along with the MX-5 roadster
joined the Mazda range in the Middle East only late last year at the
Dubai Motor Show.

With the SUV trend fast
catching-up here in the region, there was no option for Mazda but to
include a full-size crossover SUV to their line-up, and hence the
CX-9. The CX-9 competes with the Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai Veracruz,
Honda MR-V, Nissan Pathfinder and others of their sort.

Visually, it’s akin to
Audi’s Q7 and Mercedes-Benz’s GL with its swoopy presence and
bright work detailing, though in terms of price, it’s targeted
squarely at co-opers like Honda’s MR-V and Toyota Fortuner/Prado.
The CX-9 is built on the Ford CD3 platform and is a front-wheel drive
vehicle with an optional four-wheel drive system available.

Power comes in the form
of a DOHC 3.7-litre V6 engine capable of 273bhp and 366Nm of torque.
Power is transferred to the front wheels or to all the four wheels
via a six-speed automatic transmission with a console-mounted
shifter. Mazda has gone to some lengths to make the CX-9 fun to drive
and it includes a torsionally rigid car-like unibody setup and
sports-tuned four-wheel independent suspension.

Inside, the CX-9 features
sporty blacked-out dials and red-lit gauges on the dash. The centre
stack is fussy-looking but symmetrical and easy to use. Functionality
is its forte with the third-row seat actually accommodating adults!
With all rows in place, the rear luggage area is 17.2 cubic feet.
Folding down the third row is easy, and you can do it with one hand.
With the third row down, the cargo volume expands to 48.4 cubic feet.

 

 

Its early days yet for
the CX-9 in the region but with the level of competition it faces,
there is much to do if it wants to emulate the success of its sedan
brethren.

Technical Specifications
Engine     3.7-litre V6
Power     273 Bhp
Torque     366 Nm
Transmission     Automatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 112,500 upto 129,800*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at
the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check
with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

 

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