Mazda’s large CX-9 SUV has been given a mid-life facelift that includes a new corporate face and additional standard features.
First previewed at the Australian International Motor Show in October this year, the new CX-9 now shares some of its hi-tech features with the recently launched Mazda6. Inside, there’s a new infotainment system with sat-nav and speech recognition technology. The company’s Forward Obstruction Warning, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Control are also found in the updated CX-9, albeit only on the range topping Grand Touring model.
Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming is now standard across the range – complete with a new speed dial function and a 1000-number phone book capacity.
The range starts with the front-wheel drive Classic model at A$44,525, a A$100 increase on the previous model, and work its way up to the Grand Touring AWD at A$63,828, a A$2,223 hike.
Standard features include a reversing camera, automatic headlights and wipers, tri-zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, 6 airbags, electronic stability control and roll stability control.
Luxury models add 20-inch alloy wheels, satellite-navigation, leather seats, 10-speaker Bose audio system, power adjustable and heated front seats with driver’s memory, heated exterior mirror with auto tilt when reversing.
The range topping Grand Touring features bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and automatic high beam, keyless entry and start, blind-spot assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and rear parking sensors.
The new CX-9 carries over its 3.7-litre V6 engine that is rated at 204kW and 367Nm of torque, and 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Likewise, fuel consumption remains unchanged at 11L/100km for the front-wheel drive models, and 11.2L/100km for the all-wheel drive variants.
|Model||Drive||Price (Excl. On-roads)|
|2013 Mazda CX-9 Classic||FWD||$44,525|
|2013 Mazda CX-9 Luxury||$52,980|
|2013 Mazda CX-9 Luxury||AWD||$57,480|
|2013 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring||$63,828 (including LCT)|