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2013 Mazda CX-9 revealed ahead of Australian Motor Show debut

September 18, 2012

The facelifted 2013 Mazda CX-9 has been revealed in the lead-up to the 2012 Australian International Motor Show, where the SUV will make a world debut.

The first thing you’ll notice about the 2013 model is the facelift front end. It incorporates the company’s new-look grille and ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design language. The layout can also be seen on the CX-9’s little brother, the Mazda CX-5.

Other than the new face, the 2013 model gets some revised equipment inside, with the introduction of a new HMI (Human Machine Interface) satellite navigation multimedia unit with speech-recognition.

Safety is also stepped up a notch, with new features such as Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and High Beam Control (HBC) joining the list of technologies.

The engine and running gear is carried over from the outgoing model, including the 3.7-litre naturally V6 petrol engine producing 204kW of power and 366Nm of torque. Fuel economy for the combined cycle is rated at 11L/100km for the front-wheel drive variants and 11.3L/100km for the all-wheel drive variants.

The 2013 Mazda CX-9 will be at the stands in Sydney for the show, which runs from October 18 to October 28. It will then go on sale locally later this year.

Prices for the current model start at $44,425 for the front-wheel drive base model ‘Classic’, and $58,825 for base model all-wheel drive ‘Luxury’.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.