Yea, just basing it on how CX-8 and CX-9 have been similar in size and interior wise, I know exterior wise Cx-8 tend to take Cx-5 styling ques overseas. yeah you're right Cx-9 will look different now that i think about it.
All these added things after the dealer supposedly inspected it? They obviously gave the car a quick glance minus the transmission. Going out on a limb and say coolant leak was an excuse to keep the car another day but who knows, there are a lot of incompetent service departments out there.
CX5 is Mazda's best seller by far in the U.S. at 51% of total U.S. volume. Even Mazda said Cx5 is not going anywhere, it's basically their bread and butter. I would see a Mazda3 or a slight possibility the Mx-5 being discontinued before the CX5.
Mazda made a compliance EV vehicle, 30k+ for a vehicle with only 100 miles range is a shake my head move but again it's a compliance vehicle. Mazda needed to meet certain government mandate on Auto manufacturers having a certain amount of Alternative Fueled vehicles on dealer lots.