Mazda has updated its CX-9 large SUV for the 2018 model-year, just over 12 months after the current-generation model arrived in Australia.
Prices have risen by over $1000 across the range, but Mazda has added “dynamic, safety and comfort upgrades” into the value equation.
Ticking those boxes one-at-a-time, the ‘dynamic’ upgrade primarily consists of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC) system - which Mazda says brings improved handling and comfort.
GVC adjusts the engine’s torque relative to steering input for a more sure-footed drive and better control over G-forces while accelerating.
Under ‘safety’, buyers will find blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, smart city brake support and more under Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE system.
For 2018, the system adds pedestrian detection (forward), and the operating range increases by 50km/h to 4-80km/h (previously 4-30km/h).
Azami and GT-spec models now get traffic sign recognition, while all models score a second top tether point for the third row of seats and two ISOFIX-equipped seats in the middle row.
For ‘comfort’, the 2018 CX-9 brings thicker noise-absorbing materials in the interior headliner and elsewhere, better noise insulation from the tyres and thicker floor mats. Small changes on their own, perhaps, but Mazda says they collectively make for easier conversation between all three rows of seats.
There’s a new tilt function for the electric driver’s seat, which is incorporated into the seat memory function, while Mazda has improved the operation of the folding rear seats for easier entry and exit of the cabin.
Otherwise (under ‘miscellaneous’), there’s a new option in the available paint finishes called Soul Red Crystal Metallic.
Power still comes from a turbocharged 2.5 litre four-cylinder petrol engine making 170kW/420Nm (186kW on 98RON premium unleaded), driving the front or all-four wheels through a six-speed automatic.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2018 MAZDA CX-9
- Sport FWD - $43,890
- Sport AWD - $47,890
- Touring FWD - $50,290
- Touring AWD - $54,290
- GT FWD - $58,790
- GT AWD - $62,790
- Azami FWD - $60,790
- Azami AWD - $64,790