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The global debut of the updated Mazda CX-9 has taken place in Australia ahead of the SUV’s official unveiling at today’s Sydney motor show.

The facelifted Mazda CX-9 brings the company’s flagship SUV in line with its new ‘KODO’ design philosophy, which was first seen in the Mazda CX-5 and now the Mazda6.

The updates, which are mostly to the exterior but also include minor improvements to in-car trim and technology, give the popular SUV a fresh and modern look in order to combat the ever-competitive and growing list of contenders in the large SUV segment.

Year to date Mazda Australia has sold almost 4000 CX-9s and the company demands a reasonable 4.7 per cent share of the segment. Globally the CX-9 has found over 220,000 customers since it launched in 2007. The latest update marks the second facelift to the model, which has remained largely unchanged in the powertrain and engineering department for over five years.

The most obvious cosmetic change is the front bumper and headlights, which now gain daytime running lights on the higher spec models. The rear has also been refreshed with new combination lamps and a sharper overall look.

Three new colours, 20-inch wheels, a darker interior with Bordeaux-coloured decoration panels, the addition of a USB port as well as updated satellite navigation system (now with SD card maps) and Bluetooth connectivity as well as many other minor modifications have enhanced the CX-9’s package for the 2013 model update.

Mazda continues the use of the MZI 3.7-litre V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission in the new CX-9. The V6 offers a healthy 204kW of power and 367Nm of torque.

The i-ActiveSense range active safety features are also available on the CX-9. These include:

  • Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW): detects the possibility of an imminent collision and warns the driver via an audible warning chime and a visual warning in the meter cluster
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW): system recognises lane markings on the road surface and issues a warning to the driver via an audible warning chime and a visual warning in the meter cluster when the vehicle is going to make an unintentional lane departure
  • High Beam Control (HBC): automatically switches between high and low beams to ensure improved night-time visibility
  • Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM): monitors the blind spot on either side of the car, detects vehicles approaching from behind in adjacent lanes and alerts the driver.

The updated Mazda CX-9 will launch in Australia before the end of the year.




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