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Mazda shocked many with the complete redesign of the CX-9 back in 2016, offering a brand-new look, a turbocharged engine, and premium features. Now, two years later, we expect the 2018 CX-9 to carry on unchanged.

The upscale look and feel of the CX-9 will likely continue with no major updates. Its body features the brand's aggressive Kodo design language, while the interior is more clean-looking and premium than previous iterations. The vehicle offers capacity for up to seven and a decent 71.2 cubic feet of max cargo capacity.

With absolutely no changes on the agenda, we expect the standard features to remain the same too. These currently include 18-inch alloy wheels, auto LED headlights, three-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touchscreen.

Under its hood, the potent 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque will likely be unchanged. This engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel-drive setup is standard. Optionally, buyers are able to choose all-wheel drive.

Mazda CX-9

We expect no changes in the safety department after last year’s addition of automatic emergency braking as standard equipment on the Touring trim. Unfortunately, the IIHS hasn’t tested the new CX-9 for safety yet – the NHTSA hasn’t tested it either.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

We expect the 2018 Mazda CX-9’s production to kick off in August.

We don’t expect pricing to stray too far from the current model’s range of $32,460-$45,255.

In terms of deals, Mazda is big on incentives, and it offers a few on the 2017 CX-9 and remaining 2016 models. The 2017s have 0.9 percent APR for up to 60 months and 2.9 percent APR for up to 72 months. The 2016s, on the other hand, have 0 percent APR for 60 months, 1.9 percent APR for 72 months, and $2,000 in bonus cash available.

Competitors include the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Traverse.

Learn about the current CX-9 on sale now »

Pictured: 2017 CX-9

Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9

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