New Mazda CX-9

Mazda CX-9 Gets an Update

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Mazda CX-9 gets improved specification and refinement levels and a new flagship, the Azami LE 

Mazda has bought its full-sized CX-9 SUV in for a freshen up, focussing on improvements to specification levels and refinement along with the introduction of a new and luxurious range-topper, the Azami LE.

The biggest change to the new line-up is the standard inclusion of Mazda’s suite of i-ACTIVSENSE driver assistance technologies. i-ACTIVSENSE incorporates Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function (MRCC), Smart Brake Support (SBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane-keep Assist System (LAS), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) and High Beam Control (HBC) heads up display and tyre pressure monitoring are also standard across the range.

The new features now accompany Smart City Brake Support [Forward/Reverse] (SCBS F/R), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA) which have been standard fitment on all models since the second generation CX-9 was released back in 2016.

All models also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (finally).

If you opt for the Azami and Azami LE models, you also get a 360 camera system, cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel and windscreen, a 7inch TFT display in the instrument cluster and a frameless rearview mirror.

The new Azami adds plush touches such as a deep Chroma Brown nappa leather, real wood grade inserts, LED lighting throughout the cabin and a more streamlined overhead console design. There’s even hand stitched leather on the steering wheel.

The 2.5 litre turbo engine remains unchanged, still producing 170 kilowatts of power at 5,000rpm and 420 Newton metres of torque at 2,000rpm and power is sent to either the front or all four wheels – Azami LE is all-wheel drive only – via a six-speed automatic.

Mazda has fettled the suspension and noise and vibration harshness to allow for a sportier but more refined ride.

Managing Director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said New Mazda CX-9 defines a new meaning for affordable luxury.

“This update for Mazda CX-9 adds a new level of refinement to an already well-equipped and sophisticated vehicle, with the SUV gaining more standard safety and convenience features to further lift its standing in the class,” said Mr Bhindi.

“Since its 2016 launch, Mazda CX-9 sales have always skewed to high-grade AWD variants, so we added Azami LE to give those looking for luxury even greater choice in the range.”

The upgraded Mazda CX-9 is on sale now.



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