The Mazda CX-9 SUV will finally arrive to the UK market when an all-new version is launched toward the end of 2013.
The current CX-9, a full-size crossover vehicle, was first launched back in 2007 and is still available in global markets including the US and across Europe. However the car has never reached official UK showrooms.
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Now however it has been revealed that Mazda is building a new CX-9, and the Japanese automaker has opted to take this range to the UK market, where it should rival the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe.
The next CX-9 will feature a brand new lightweight chassis, as well as Mazda's much touted SkyActiv driving technology, which makes its debut on the CX-5 compact SUV, available for order now in the UK and on sale later in 2012.
Therefore expect the CX-9 to include fuel-saving features like stop-start engine technology as well as an automatic transmission.
The new SUV may also use the same 147bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine found on the CX-5, which currently boasts a CO2 emissions rating of just 119g/km. The CX-9 may also carry over the CX-5's 2.0-litre petrol engine option which boasts 163bhp.
Reports suggest the new Mazda CX-9 will start pricing from around £30,000 when it eventually hits the UK market.