Mazda's global head of sales and marketing, Masahiro Moro, has shed some light regarding the next generation CX-9.

Mazda's global head of sales and marketing, Masahiro Moro, has shed some light regarding the next generation CX-9.

The current CX-9 was facelifted in 2012 and Mazda is currently working on a replacement which is expected to come out in 2016. It will be a significant departure since the model will most likely drop Ford-sourced parts such as the V6 engine in favor of a smaller four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine.

A diesel-powered version is unlikely to happen since the CX-9's main market is United States where diesel engines are not very popular. However, Mazda might decide to rethink this decision taking into account lots of its competitors in this segment are offering a diesel engine, such as the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe.

In related news, Masahiro Moro also hinted about Mazda's intentions to introduce a more luxurious model that would be powered by a six-cylinder engine.

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