First, you’ll notice that Mazda has tweaked the CX-9’s grille. It now features a more stylish pattern that looks more similar to the grille of other sedans and crossovers in its stable. No other changes have been made to the exterior. Wheel options for the new CX-9 include 18-inch gray metallic and 20-inch brilliant silver or black metallic aluminum alloys.
The biggest update can be found inside, where a new 10.25-inch infotainment system with Mazda Connect, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility comes standard. The cabin also receives some design changes, with additions such as quilted and Nappa leather seats, contrast stitching, Santos Rosewood interior trims now available.
Other amenities that have been added to the CX-9 include the six-way power passenger’s seat, slide and tilt functions for the second-row seats, second-row USB charging ports, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, and a power liftgate.
Depending on trim level, the CX-9 can also come fitted with a 12-speaker Bose premium audio setup, automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, second-row captain’s chairs, and a power moonroof, among others.
A new Carbon Edition iteration is also now available. This variant sports a Polymetal Gray exterior paint, gloss black mirror doors and front grille, red leather seats with black metallic interior trims, and paddle shifters. The abovementioned features also come standard with the CX-9 Carbon Edition.
As for the engine, powering the CX-9 is a 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G Turbo that generates 250hp and 433Nm on 93 octane gasoline and 227hp and 420Nm on 87 octane gasoline. This mill is mated to a quick-shifting six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic gearbox with G-Vectoring Control Plus that sends power to all four wheels.
Meanwhile, Mazda’s i-Activsense suite comes standard, and includes radar cruise control, advanced smart city brake support with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Additional safety features such as a 360-degree view monitor with front and rear parking sensors are also available.
The new CX-9 will arrive at US dealerships towards the end of the month. What do you think? Would you want to see this updated model arrive in our market, too?