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New Mazda CX-9 to offer broader range and greater value

By Nathan Ponchard, 23 Jun 2016 Car News

New Mazda CX-9 to offer broader range and greater value

The missing piece in Mazda’s impressive ‘SkyActiv’ passenger-car range – the new-gen CX-9 seven-seat SUV – goes on sale in Australia next month.

The missing piece in Mazda’s impressive ‘SkyActiv’ passenger-car range – the new-gen CX-9 seven-seat SUV – goes on sale in Australia next month and will offer customers a greater choice of equipment and safety equipment across a broader model range.

There's better value too, with a newly named entry-level Sport model starting at $42,490, which is $1280 lower than its predecessor. The front-drive Sport model (replacing Classic), will be accompanied by an all-wheel-drive entry-level alternative for the first time.

The Sport AWD demands a $4000 price premium and shares Mazda’s new turbocharged 2.5-litre ‘SkyActiv’ four-cylinder petrol engine and six-speed automatic ’box with its front-drive sibling. Previously, you had to spend $56K to drive all four wheels in a CX-9.

Mazda CX-9 SUV

Above Sport sits the Touring (from $48,890), and like every new Mazda CX-9 variant, it will also be available with front- or all-wheel drive, again with a $4000 premium for the latter.

The CX-9 GT will start at $57,390, while the range-topping Azami kicks off at $59,390. The most expensive new-gen CX-9 will be the Azami AWD at $63,390 – $1710 dearer than the old Grand Touring AWD range-topper.

What Australia won’t see at launch is the CX-9 Signature. A bells-and-whistles, premium-brand fighter featuring Nappa leather and matte exposed-grain rosewood trim, the Signature caps Mazda’s US line-up but the Aussies were afraid of the whole ‘wood-trim’ thing … until they saw it.

Mazda CX-9 SUV

Given its surprisingly tasteful execution, and a still-competitive expected sticker approaching $70K, the Signature could be a welcome addition to Australia’s CX-9 line-up in the future.

While the new-gen CX-9 has less power than the heavier 3.7-litre V6 model it replaces (170kW versus 204kW), a big slug of turbocharged torque (420Nm at 2000rpm) means it is unlikely to be any slower than the previous version. For the record, the old CX-9 managed 0-100km/h in 8.5sec and the standing 400m in 16.2sec in Wheels testing.

Of far greater relevance is the new CX-9’s huge leap in fuel efficiency. The official figure for the front-driver is just 8.4L/100km (down from 11.0L/100km) while the AWD’s fuel number is 8.8L/100km (compared to 11.3 for the old V6). And that’s using regular 91-octane unleaded.

For the first time, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and ‘Smart City Brake Support’ (forward and reverse) will be available across the entire CX-9 range.

Mazda CX-9 SUV

The range-topping Azami will expand the CX-9’s technology cache with equipment like adaptive LED headlamps, auto high-beam, driver attention alert, lane-keeping assist and full ‘Smart Brake Support’.

The new-gen Mazda CX-9 hits Australian showrooms in July.

2016 MAZDA CX-9 PRICING

Model Price
CX-9 6A Sport FWD $42,490
CX-9 6A Sport AWD $46,490
CX-9 6A Touring FWD $48,890
CX-9 6A Touring AWD $52,890
CX-9 6A GT FWD $57,390
CX-9 6A GT AWD $61,390
CX-9 6A Azami FWD $59,390
CX-9 6A Azami AWD $63,390