2016 Mazda CX-9 Production Begins; U.S. Deliveries Expected Soon | Edmunds

2016 Mazda CX-9 Production Begins; U.S. Deliveries Expected Soon

HIROSHIMA, Japan — With the start of production of the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9, car shoppers in the U.S. can expect to see the three-row midsize SUV arrive at Mazda dealerships in the spring.

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.

Key CX-9 competitors include the Acura MDX, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Pathfinder.

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.

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