Mazda has ejected the middle seat from the range-topping CX-9’s middle row, after announcing a new Azami LE grade will return to the model’s revised 2021 range.
All other 2021 CX-9 variants remain seven-seaters, with only the Azami LE gaining a pair of captain’s chairs behind the front seats, added along with the Azami’s new 20-inch wheel design and larger tailpipes.
These upgraded seats feature all of the luxuries you’d expect in the front row of lesser cars, with power adjustment, ventilated/heating functions and the Azami variant’s new Nappa leather finish.
And because a centre-console with cup holders separates them, they can be folded away automatically with a one-touch button.
But that's not all that’s changed within the CX-9, a model Mazda reaffirms as its flagship.
The CX-9’s 10.25-inch multimedia screen has been upgraded with the latest Mazda Connect system, which is claimed to boot-up quicker and offer crisper image and sound quality.
Wireless phone charging technology is also introduced across the range, which now starts at $45,990 for the front-wheel-drive Sport trim – only $70 more than before.
Other sweeping changes include the addition of Polymetal Grey paint to the CX-9’s palette.
All CX-9s except the Sport variant also score new paddle shifters to control the six-speed auto transmission.
The new Azami LE grade sits above the rest of the revised line-up, which comprises the Sport, Touring, GT and Azami variants.
The CX-9 GT can now be optioned with an SP grade, adding a gunmetal grille, black mirror caps and black 20-inch alloys for a menacing look.
This is complemented with red stitching inside, as well as black decoration panels and Burgundy leather.
To further celebrate Mazda’s milestone year, the CX-9 introduces a 100th Anniversary Special Edition, limited to 110 units and packing Burgundy Nappa leather to offset their Snowflake White Pearl Mica paint.
They also feature a special logo on front fenders, wheel caps, the key fob, headrests and floor mats to match badging.
Mazda retains the 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that already serves across the range, with no mechanical changes.
It’s rated at 170kW/420Nm and returns 8.4L/100km in front-wheel-drive variants, or 9.0L/100km for all-wheel drive cars.
2021 MAZDA CX-9 AUSTRALIAN PRICING
|Model||RRP (excluding on-roads)|
|CX-9 Sport AWD||$49,990|
|CX-9 Touring AWD||$57,490|
|CX-9 GT AWD||$66,990|
|CX-9 GT SP||$63,490|
|CX-9 GT SP AWD||$67,490|
|CX-9 Azami AWD||$70,625|
|CX-9 Azami LE AWD||$73,875|
|CX-9 100th Anniversary Special Edition||$72,575|