Despite the Happy Face portfolio, Mazda seems to be doing everything perfectly at the moment. Who ever is in charge of Mazda designs needs to be given a raise as there is not even one remotely unlovable model in the company’s stable.
Today sees the release of the refreshed 7-seat Mazda SUV, the Mazda CX-9. Apart from the exterior facelift, Mazda has tinkered with the engine to produce an improved fuel economy figure of 12.2L per 100km (previously 13.0L) and has an improved CO2 emission rating to 291g/km (was 309).
The new Mazda CX-9 starts from $49,990 and is available in three models: Classic, Luxury and the all-new Grand Touring.
Mazda has reduced the price of the revised CX-9 with the Classic model now $2,000 cheaper than the equivalent outgoing model and Luxury $3,115 less.
The facelift comes right on schedule with the CX-9 being out for 22 months. The Mazda CX-9 sits above the CX-7 as Mazda’s largest vehicle with approximately 70,000 CX-9s sold worldwide so far (~7,500 in Australia). Despite the similarities, the CX-9 does not share the same platform as the CX-7.
From the outside the facelifted Mazda CX?9 shows off a bolder and more sophisticated design with Mazda focusing on putting on the five point grille ‘family face’ (a.k.a happy face). As a result of the new design the Coefficient drag has also been reduced to 0.365 (was 0.37).
The new range includes a whole list of additional equipment upgrades such as satellite Navigation (available as an option on CX?9 Luxury and standard on CX?9 Grand Touring), Bluetooth® functionality, heated 3?position memory side mirrors, smart keyless entry and engine start and remote operated power tailgate with open/close (depending on grade)
Engine wise little has changed with the CX?9’s 3.7 litre V6 24?valve DOHC petrol engine still producing 204kW @ 6,250rpm and 367Nm of torque @ 4,250rpm. The V6 is coupled to a 6-speed Activematic transmission which drives the wheels via Mazda’s on-demand Active Torque Split (ATS) all-wheel drive system. It will go from 0-100km/h in 8.5 seconds.
Safety has always been at the very top of Mazda’s design philosophy, hence the facelift CX-9 carries through all the active and passive safety technologies including: ABS, DSC, TCS, RSC, EBA, EBD, and 6 SRS airbags. However front active head restraints are now standard across the range.
Mazda has also retuned the front suspension for improved ride and comfort.
Standard features across the range include three-zone climate control air-conditioning, alloy wheels, cruise control and power windows and mirrors, MP3/WMA compatible CD player, a reversing camera with rear parking guidelines.
Mazda Australia expects to sell around 260 CX?9’s per month with the following model split (lifecycle
Mazda CX?9 Classic, from $49,990 (Manufacturer List Price)
CX?9 Luxury, from $56,990 (Manufacturer List Price)
CX?9 Classic plus:
CX?9 Luxury with Sat Nav, from $60,313 (Manufacturer List Price)
CX?9 Luxury plus:
CX?9 Luxury Grand Touring, from $63,186 (Manufacturer List Price)
CX?9 Luxury with Satellite Navigation plus: