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Mazda Australia confirms 4 variant levels for new CX-9, 2WD & AWD

April 6, 2016

Mazda Australia has confirmed preliminary details for the local lineup of the all-new 2016 CX-9 seven-seat SUV. Buyers will be able to select between four variants grades, including front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

2016 Mazda CX-9

The new model lineup will span from the entry-level Sport, mid-level Touring, sporty GT, and the new flagship Azami. This lineup sequence follows in the footsteps set by the CX-3 and CX-5, not used with the outgoing CX-9 which has been around in virtually the same form since 2010.

As previously reported the new CX-9 comes with an all-new 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine producing 170kW and 420Nm. It uses i-ELOOP and i-stop technology, offering a combined cycle fuel consumption of 8.4L/100km for the front-drive versions and 8.8L/100km for the AWD models.

These stats compare favourably with the outgoing model, which features a naturally aspirated 3.7-litre V6 churning out 204kW but only 367Nm. In AWD guise it consumes a ridiculous 11.2L/100km, or, more than a 423kW twin-turbo V8 BMW M5 (9.9L/100km) on the same test cycle.

Mazda confirms each of the four variant grades will be offered with the FWD and AWD option, giving buyers a wide variety throughout different price ranges. Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak said:

“This is the most comprehensive Mazda CX-9 range ever. Four grades in both front and all-wheel drive, this brings the Mazda CX-9 range in line with the four distinct grades that we offer on Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-3. Both of which have proved to be very appealing to Australian car buyers.”

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 will go on sale in Australia later this year. Prices are yet to be finalised.

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.