Pricing starts from $49,990 for the Classic and $57,265 for the Luxury. Both models are equipped with with seven seats and powered by Mazda's 3.7-litre V6 engine which develops 204kW at6250rpm and 366Nm at 4250rpm.
The CX-9 is driven through Mazda's Active Torque Split AWD system coupled to a six-speed Activematic transmission. All Australian-delivered units are built at Mazda's factory in Hiroshima, Japan, but Mazda has made considerable refinements for the Australian market.
Mazda calls the CX-9 "Australia's first affordable seven-seat SUV with style" and we can't argue otherwise. According to the company the aim was simple, exciting, emotional and sporty.
Mazda hopes to attract buyers who are looking for more in a vehicle than purely functional benefits, and with that in mind there is no doubt the CX-9 will cut into people-mover sales.
The CX-9 follows the same design pattern seen across the entire Mazda range. With its elegantly sculpted, sporty five-point front grille and wide, bold bumper.
Both variants (Classic and Luxury) come standard with:
- climate control (three-zone),
- alloy wheels,
- cruise control,
- power windows and mirrors.
- A six-stack, in-dash CD player (MP3 compatible)
- a touch screen which includes a reversing camera and the CD player.
The Luxury variants get a sunroof, powered leather seats (with heating), 20-inch wheels (for the first time on a Mazda), chrome door handles and a premium Bose 277 watt amplified and 10 speakers (well worth the extra $7000).
With standard roll stability control (RSC), electronic stability control (DSC), traction control (TCS), ABS and six airbags - front, side and curtain on both models, the CX-9 is among the safest medium SUVs on the market.
Click to read 2008 Mazda CX-9 Specifications.