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by Tim Beissmann

The 2013 Mazda CX-9 is now on sale in Australia, with the updated seven-seater benefitting from refreshed styling, a number of new driver assistance systems and sharper pricing for the popular Luxury variant.

The Mazda CX-9 Classic 2WD kicks off the range at $44,525 (up $100 over the previous model), while the mid-spec Luxury variants are $1345 cheaper (and better equipped) than the equivalent models in the old range. The price of the flagship Grand Touring has increased $2223 but now comes with advanced technologies like blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.

The CX-9’s mid-life upgrade brings updated styling inspired by the brand’s ‘Kodo’ design language as well as a new infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity standard across the range.

The entry-level front-wheel-drive Mazda CX-9 Classic comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, front foglights, auto headlights and rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, three-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearknob, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split folding second row seats and 50/50 split third row, and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and USB input.

For an extra $8455, the mid-spec CX-9 Luxury adds larger 20-inch alloys, chrome door handles, heated side mirrors with tilt-down reverse function, sunroof, TomTom satellite navigation, eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings and four-way electric passenger seat with heaters, and 10-speaker Bose premium sound system. Ticking the all-wheel-drive option box adds $4500 to the price.

For another $6348, the CX-9 Grand Touring AWD adds bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lights, remote-operated power tailgate, keyless entry and push-button start, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear parking sensors, and a suite of driver assist systems including blind spot monitor, forward obstruction warning, lane departure warning and high-beam control.

The existing 204kW/367Nm 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine and six-speed automatic transmission pairing carries over into the new model, consuming 11.0 litres per 100km on the combined cycle in the 2WD variants and 11.2L/100km in the heavier AWDs.

Mazda Australia is targeting around 300 CX-9 sales per month, with the Luxury expected to account for 60 per cent, followed by the Classic at 25 per cent and the Grand Touring at 15 per cent. The old CX-9 averaged 373 sales per month between January and November this year.

CarAdvice is at the local launch of the 2013 Mazda CX-9 today. Stay tuned for our first-drive review, coming soon.


2013 Mazda CX-9 manufacturer’s list prices:

  • Classic 2WD – $44,525 (+$100)
  • Luxury 2WD – $52,980 (–$1345)
  • Luxury AWD – $57,480 (–$1345)
  • Grand Touring AWD – $63,828 (+$2223)