Next-Gen Mazda CX-9 to Arrive in 2016, Could Carry Turbo-Four Instead of V6

May 5, 2014

The next-generation Mazda CX-9 crossover is likely to do away with a V6 engine in favor of a new turbocharged four-cylinder, said an official of the Japanese automaker.

Global head of sales and marketing Masahiro Moro told Australia’s CarAdvice at the New York International Auto Show that the CX-9, which is set to be launched in 2016, is likely to have a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as Mazda transitions from the Ford-derived V6 to the industry’s trend of downsizing engines.

Moro also said that since U.S. car buyers, the CX-9’s main market, prefer petrol to diesel, producing and selling a diesel engine for the three-row SUV is unlikely. The same goes with a hybrid powertrain.

But final decisions have yet to be made. Until then, we just have to stay tuned.

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