Clearly the first thing noticeable upon glance is Mazda’s KODO Soul of Motion design language that it has used for all it’s current generation vehicles and will evolve with its future offerings. It’s unmistakably a Mazda, proving it’s visual approach does translate well across a range of varied vehicle types.
It also does evoke styling cues first seen on Mazda’s rather stunning Koeru Concept crossover seen at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. And perhaps that is the first step in that aforementioned evolution of Mazda’s KODO visual style.
Subjective as looks are, these peeks at the CX-9’s exterior and cabin seem promising to us. However, there isn’t any confirmation yet on powertrains but the tried and trusted SkyActiv G and SkyActiv D four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines are expected to make a return here as well.