The Mazda CX-9 recently took home the Hispanic Motor Press “Best in Segment” award for 2017. This is the top honor in the SUV category, proving just how impressive the new CX-9 really is. This is the seventh-annual awards ceremony, and it is based on overall value with Hispanic families in mind. A number of prominent Hispanic journalists sat on the judging panel, each of which found the CX-9 to be the best overall.
According to Mazda, the CX-9 received the HMP Best in Segment award for its responsive powertrain, its roomy three-row interior, and the signature KODO design. It’s also affordable, with a number of trim levels that let you upgrade to premium materials as you see fit. Overall, the awards also recognized vehicles that were eco-friendly, affordable, and capable of reducing greenhouse emissions as well.
“Our educational programs and content helps the Hispanic Consumer to understand the long-term benefits of clean transportation,” reads the Hispanic Motor Press website. “We provide objective and practical information to the Hispanic Community so that they can select which clean vehicle would fit best for their needs. We assist Hispanic owned companies reviewing and sourcing State and Federal grants to replace polluting.”
Other awards were presented for the best PR agency, the fleet service award, commercial vehicle of the year, motorcycle of the year, and more. There is also a film festival associated with the event to help choose the best short films and commercials that incorporate cars and emphasize green technologies and mindsets.
The all new 2013 Mazda CX-9 was revealed recently during the 2012 Australian Motor Show, and felt that one show wasn’t quite enough. The completely redesigned crossover got the new design style that Mazda has chosen called “Kodo”, but on top of that the flagship SUV also got an update with new luxurious amenities, technology, a new infotainment system and improved voice recognition features.
Though with all the interior and exterior upgrades the only thing that seems to have remained the same is the engine. The 2012 CX-9 was recently upgraded to the SkyActive Technology, and Mazda felt that their 3.7 Liter V6 as already an upgrade enough so they are sticking to it. Though there have been rumors that a new 2.2 Liter Diesel engine could possibly make its way to U.S. market putting out 170 HP and 300 Lb-Ft of Torque.
All this being said Mazda felt like it need more of a showcase so they put together a video showing off their new redesign and we have it right here for you. So you haven’t gotten the virtual or real tour of the new 2013 Mazda CX-9 here is your chance.
Mazda planned to hold on to the new 2013 Mazda CX-9 reveal until the Australian International Motor Show that will take place in mid-October, but it seems they could hold out any longer. The new design is another step of Mazda’s out of the Nagare design plans that were cognizant of their past models and into the new Kodo-influence designs.
There has been much speculation as to whether or not Mazda could transition the bigger body of the 2013 Mazda CX-9 into the Kodo treatment, as well as the new CX-5 and Mazda6 Sedan has done.But it seems Mada has lived up to the challenge. The front end flows seamlessly into the body, still giving the sporty look of the Kodo treatment. There have been no details as to what has been changed to the rear of the 2013 Mazda CX-9 or even the interior but there seems to be proof that the headlamps will include LED running lights and a much more defined housing for the foglamps.
The only known details about the drivetrain is that Mazda states the 2013 Mazda CX-9 will carry over the current CX-9’s 3.7 Liter V6 with a six-speed automatic, and will likely be mated to both a front-wheel and all-wheel drive system. We can guess that it will be getting some Sky-Activ treatment to boost as well.