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Japanese manufacturer Mazda has updated its popular Mazda CX-9 for the model year 2011 with better fuel economy, improved ride quality and new wheels.

With over 12,000 buyers since it hit Australian shores in 2007, the Mazda CX-9 has proven itself as a popular model in the company’s lineup.

Powered by the same 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine (204kW -367Nm of torque) as before and driven through all-wheels thanks to a 6-speed activematic transmission, the 2011 Mazda CX-9 has reduced its fuel economy figure from 12.2 to 11.3 litres per 100km.

Mazda says fuel economy improvements were a result of work done on the model’s AWD differential gear control, engine optimisation for better combustion control (during deceleration and at idle) and reduction in transmission friction.

Depending on variant, new 18 and 20 inch alloy wheels will set the 2011 Mazda CX-9 apart. The new alloys are lighter than before and come wrapped in tyres that offer better rolling resistance (better fuel economy).

Prices for the updated CX-9 remain unchanged: For more information: Mazda CX-9.