Planning to buy a new SUV? You might want to hold off for just a little while longer, because Mazda Philippines president Steven Tan has told us that the all-new CX-9 with Skyactiv technology will be arriving in the country sometime next year.
Tan shared the information with us in Fukuoka, Japan, during Mazda’s ASEAN media forum. Part of the itinerary had us visiting Mazda’s Hofu production plant, where we were able to get up close and personal with the biggest member of the Skyactiv family.
Finally seeing it in the metal, we're confident this will be one of the most desirable-looking SUVs in our market when it finally comes out. The latest iteration of the CX-9 is sharper and bolder, and conveys a much more premium vibe than its predecessor--an outstanding application of the company’s Kodo design language. And in Mazda’s all-new Machine Gray finish? Absolutely gorgeous.
Those of you with sharp eyes might notice something a little peculiar about the emblem on the front grille. There’s a reason it’s hiding behind a panel of see-through material: It houses a radar sensor inside. Some might find this a little off, but it’s cool stuff if you ask us.
Other things of note are several safety and convenience features, including what appears to be vehicle proximity sensors, a lane-departure warning system, parking sensors, and a Bose sound system. Unfortunately, we’re still in the dark regarding the engine details and exactly what features will be making its way into the Philippine-spec variants. For now, we’re just glad this car is a looker.
This news comes less than a month after we reported the CX-3 subcompact crossover will be in the Philippine market within the year. So yeah, you could say the Japanese carmaker is poised for an exciting 2017.