Upgraded SUV range gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with added safety kit.

Mazda Australia has detailed the revised CX-9 range, headlined by the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time, along with a new range-topping variant.

Kicking off at $44,990 plus on-road costs for the entry-level Sport with front-wheel drive (+$1100), the range is now fitted as standard with the full suite of Mazda's i-Activesense driver-assistance technologies, including adaptive cruise control with stop&go function, lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition and automatic high-beam.

Also new – not just for the CX-9 but the entire Mazda Australia range – is the standard inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto incorporated into the MZD Connect infotainment system across all grades. Other new features that are range-wide include a head-up display, and tyre-pressure monitoring.

Pictured: CX-9 Azami LE

In addition to the aforementioned upgrades across the wider line-up, the high-grade Azami specification (from $60,990) gains a 360-degree camera system, a 7.0-inch display in the instrument cluster, heated steering wheel, windscreen de-icer, and a frameless rear-view mirror.

New for 2019 is the addition of the Azami LE flagship grade (from $66,490), which features real wood trim inserts for the doors and centre console, LED ambient interior lighting, box stitching on the steering wheel, and Chroma Brown nappa leather upholstery.

Further to the equipment upgrades, Mazda has made revisions to the suspension and steering for a "more linear driving feel and greater ride comfort" through the use of low-friction dampers and recalibrated springs, along with redesigned attachment joints between the steering's outer ball joint and steering knuckle.

The company has also made changes under the skin and in the cabin to reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels for increased refinement.

Under the bonnet is the same 2.5-litre petrol turbo four as before, making 170kW of power (@5000rpm) and 420Nm of torque (@2000rpm), mated as standard to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The updated CX-9 range is on sale now.

2019 Mazda CX-9 pricing

  • Sport FWD – $44,990
  • Sport AWD – $48,990
  • Touring FWD – $51,390
  • Touring AWD – $55,390
  • GT FWD – $59,390
  • GT AWD – $63,390
  • Azami FWD – $60,990
  • Azami AWD – $64,990
  • Azami LE AWD – $66,490 (new)

All prices exclude on-road costs