The all-new Mazda CX-9 replaces the first-generation model after nine years of service, and the brand-new seven-seater has seen plenty of improvements over its predecessor.
The biggest change is under the bonnet, with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine filling the bay – the previous model had a V6 petrol engine.
The new direct-injection powerplant pumps out 170kW of power and 420Nm of torque, and stop-start is standard, too. Mazda claims fuel figures of 8.4L/100km (FWD) and 8.8L/100km (AWD) for its big new CX-9. Mazda says this is a 25 per-cent improvement over the outgoing model. Standard 91 RON unleaded or E10 fuels can be used.
There is no diesel engine, and nor will one be added, but Mazda says that isn’t likely to deter buyers.
As for the new model, it is shorter than the model that came before it, measuring 5075 millimetres long (was 5106mm) but is also wider at 1969mm (was 1936mm) and taller at 1747mm (was 1728mm). The wheelbase is longer than before, too, measuring 2930mm between the front and rear wheels (was 2875mm).
The boot space of the new model, though, isn’t as good as it was previously. The second-generation version has 230 litres of space with the third row up (previously 267L), while with the third row folded down the space is claimed to be 810L (was 928L).
Mazda has made a lot of equipment standard across the range, including satellite navigation, the requisite Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and low speed autonomous emergency braking. Higher spec models get even more safety kit, as you’ll see below.
Mazda expects the Touring specification to be the big seller over the life cycle of the car with 40 per cent of sales, followed by the GT (25 per cent), Azami (20 per cent) and Sport (15 per cent).
DRIVEN: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Review
2016 Mazda CX-9 specifications by model:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED headlights
- 7.0-inch MZD connect touchscreen infotainment system
- Six-speaker sound system
- Bluetooth integration with internet radio streaming
- Satellite navigation
- Three-zone climate control
- Auto-dimming rear vision mirror
- Cloth seat trim
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Keyless start
- Rear-view camera with rear parking sensors and rear cross traffic alert
- Smart City Brake Support
Touring (adds over Sport):
- LED fog lamps (front)
- Automatic headlights
- Automatic windscreen wipers
- 8.0-inch MZD connect touchscreen infotainment system
- Heated front seats with eight way power adjustment for driver and six way for front passenger
- Rear centre armrest storage with dual USB inputs
- Leather seats
GT (adds over Touring):
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Power tailgate
- Power sliding sunroof
- DAB+ digital radio integration
- Premium Bose 12-speaker sound system with 294W output
- Active driving display
- Two-position memory function for driver’s seat
- Advanced keyless entry
- Front parking sensors
Azami (adds over GT):
- Radar cruise control with stop/go function
- Adaptive LED headlights
- Driver attention alert
- Lane departure warning
- Lane keeping assistant
- Smart brake support
2016 Mazda CX-9 pricing (plus on-road costs):
- CX-9 Sport – six-speed auto FWD – $42,490
- CX-9 Sport – six-speed auto AWD – $46,490
- CX-9 Touring – six-speed auto FWD – $48,890
- CX-9 Touring – six-speed auto AWD – $52,890
- CX-9 GT – six-speed auto FWD – $57,390
- CX-9 GT – six-speed auto AWD – $61,390
- CX-9 Azami – six-speed auto FWD – $59,390
- CX-9 Azami – six-speed auto AWD – $63,390
DRIVEN: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Review