Mazda’s new CEO introduced the CX-9 and its raft of changes to a U.S. audience at the New York Auto Show today. The swoopy lines picked up from the Nagare are said to be “the embodiment of emotion.” And that’s right, if you get can worked up for the new 20-inch wheels, bigger side mirrors and “red garnish, which compliments the look of the front fascia.” Inside there’s new fabric, new stitched leather, piano black inserts and no shortage of chrome accents. Power to haul your loads remains at 273 hp and 250 lb-ft from the CUV’s 3.7-liter V6. Y
The outgoing Mazdaspeed3 had a lot going for it. The combination of a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four, six-speed manual, LSD and a practical hatch solidified its place in our hearts when it spent a week in the Auto Blog Garage. While the aforementioned good stuff carries over to the redesigned 2010 model, any amount of stealth has been gobbled up by the new MPS’ gaping maw.
Output is now rated at 256 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, and the new rear fascia with its Mazda6-inspired tail-lamps and darkened lower bumper looks great in person, but the Cheshire Cat grin and bulbous hood-scoop could give pause to buyers looking to fly below the radar while hunting WRXs and GTIs.
The 2009 edition of the Mazda MX-5 aims to apply the brand’s latest design cues to its famous little roadster. Mazda in its 20-year tradition offers pleasant completion and sporty looks in a friendly, affordable two-seat package. The car formerly known as the Miata indeed celebrates 20 years of open-top motoring success in 2009.
Alterations have been made somehow for the new model year, not only to the design but also to safety and equipment. The automaker significantly reviewed the front fascia, bringing it towards the new design language. As compared to the next-generation Mazda3, the extensive opening in the lower bumper is flanked by two smaller ones incorporating fog lights. In the back, the taillights are basically look the same as those from last year, although their internal configuration is different.
Once again, the three trim levels will be GX, GS and GT, all of which get new standard features in order to make them safer and more competitive in today’s expanding roadster market. Likewise, two roof options are available. The soft top comes standard in GX and GS trim, while the hard top is optional on the GS model and standard on the top-of-the-line GT.
The MX-5 uses the same engine across the line, namely a 2.0L 4-cylinder sending 164 horsepower to the rear wheels (16 inches standard) through a 5-speed manual gearbox. The GS model can be equipped with a number of options that come standard in GT trim.
The latter stands out with a more distinctive look, including a chrome-ringed front grille and 17-inch alloys, not to mention a 6-speed manual transmission. As for safety, seat-mounted side airbags are now found in every MX-5, while HID bi-xenon headlights further set the GT model apart.
For 2009, the Performance Package is fitted to all MX-5 models with 6-speed manual transmission. A limited-slip differential, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with traction control and a sport suspension featuring Bilstein shocks are included.
It should be mentioned that the hard top has been reworked for a cleaner look and integration to the bodywork once you fold it away. Rear side windows have been revised, and so was the tonneau cover which is now different than on soft-top models. The hard top adds only 36 kilos to the overall weight of the car.
The 2009 MX-5 promises to deliver the same outstanding driving dynamics and fun behind the wheel thanks to a sharp steering and incredible handling. Too bad Mazda didn’t take the opportunity to boost power a little, as the current engine is often maxed out.
Still, the updated MX-5 combines a new generation of roadsters,just the same as the original Miata 20 years ago. With such longstanding quality,no doubt the Miata/MX-5 proudly holds the title of best-selling two-seat convertible of all time.
It could have been announced at chose this week’s Chicago Auto Show or even at the upcoming Geneva Salon in March, but Mazda to perform the world debut of its facelifted 2010 CX-7 crossover at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The most particular change is hidden under the hood as Mazda decided to present a new entry-level version of the CX-7 equipped with the same 160-horsepower 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder that we find in the Mazda6 and Mazda3. So far there’s no official press release as we speak, so it remains to be seen if this version will come to the States.
Just for the record, the 2010 CX-7 will continue to be put forward with Mazda’s 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 244-horsepower.
Powertrains aside, Mazda’s designers modernized the CX-7 exterior styling with a new front bumper, clear crystal tail lights and a new rear apron. In the cabin, changes include the restyled criterions on the instrument panel, newly designed center air-vents that look like they came from an Audi parts bin and a 4.1-inch color TFT information display.