Mazda announced the start of production on Friday, saying the "first units produced are bound for the U.S. and Canada."
The Japanese automaker also noted the CX-9 has been "tailored for the North American market, which is expected to account for 80 percent of global sales forecast at 50,000 units annually."
The debut of the 2016 CX-9, which gets its first major redesign since 2007, gives shoppers a fresh choice in a popular segment. Pricing has not been announced.
A major CX-9 improvement is the addition of a new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that replaces the outgoing 3.7-liter V6 engine.
The EPA has not published official fuel economy numbers on the 2016 CX-9.
Edmunds says: The wait is nearly over for the 2016 Mazda CX-9.