Mazda Australia expects inventory to dry up of its CX-9 by the tip of this 12 months because it welcomes some recent new product.
Along with the refreshed CX-8 and all-new CX-90, each due right here this 12 months, Mazda has confirmed it’s launching the CX-80 – a three-row counterpart to the CX-60. It’s going to verify native timing for the CX-80 later this 12 months.
That squeezes out the CX-9, however the information comes as little shock given Mazda’s US arm had already confirmed it was changing the mannequin with the brand new CX-90 and the outgoing mannequin was developed with a powerful US focus.
“We’ll proceed to get CX-9 in 2023, it’s in direction of the tip of the 12 months relying on how profitable our gross sales methods are that we’ll have inventory out there, or restricted inventory out there” mentioned Mazda Australia managing director Vinesh Bhindi.
“Anticipate CX-9 to be within the showrooms in 2023.”
Given the CX-60 vary opens at $59,800 earlier than on-road prices, we are able to count on each the CX-80 and CX-90 to have a considerably greater base value than the CX-9, which begins at $47,600 earlier than on-roads.
The CX-60, CX-70, CX-80 and CX-90 use Mazda’s new rear/all-wheel drive Massive Structure, with the corporate additionally growing new mild-hybrid inline six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines and a four-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The narrower two-row CX-60 and three-row CX-80 have been developed with markets like Europe in thoughts, whereas the the broader two-row CX-70 and three-row CX-90 are meant for markets just like the US.
Some acquainted Mazda nameplates will likely be sticking round for the foreseeable future, nonetheless.
Although the CX-60 is a mid-sized SUV, the two-row CX-5 and its three-row CX-8 aren’t anticipated to be discontinued within the brief time period given they’ve each lately acquired mid-life updates.
Mazda Australia doesn’t suppose its crowded SUV line-up will likely be complicated, noting the CX-30 discovered a separate area of interest to the CX-3 and likewise the CX-8 with the CX-9.
The CX-9 has been a fixture of Mazda’s native line-up since 2007. It was the model’s first car-based three-row crossover – the B-Collection-based Proceed Marvie was its first three-row SUV – and helped fill a few gaps within the Mazda line-up.
It shared its CD3 platform with the modern Mazda 6, in addition to a spread of North American Ford, Lincoln and Mercury merchandise.
The petrol V6-powered crossover was probably the most luxury-focused Mazda on the time, with the Millenia and 929 having left manufacturing by this level. It additionally served as an oblique substitute for the MPV, although that mannequin lived on in markets like Japan.
A facelift and a bigger V6 engine got here in 2009, with a extra substantial facelift arriving in 2012.
The present, second-generation mannequin debuted in 2016, shifting to a unique platform and ditching the V6 for a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine.
It has remained certainly one of Australia’s strongest-selling massive crossovers.
Mazda offered 6460 examples of the CX-9 in Australia final 12 months, forward of the CX-8. The narrower SUV, which differs moreover in providing naturally aspirated petrol and turbo-diesel four-cylinder engines, accounted for 5932 gross sales.
The CX-9 was outsold by the Toyota Kluger (12,562 gross sales) however outsold the equally US-focused Hyundai Palisade (4000 gross sales).
Whereas it’s offered in different markets corresponding to New Zealand and the Center East, the CX-9’s largest market is the US with the smaller Australian market coming in a distant second.
Final 12 months, Mazda offered 34,580 CX-9s within the US. The mannequin isn’t provided in Europe, Japan or China.