As previously revealed, the new CX-9 will be offered in four main model lines giving seven-seat SUV buyers a wide variety of options. All, including the Sport, Touring, GT, and Azami, will be available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.
All also come with an all-new 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine producing 170kW of power at 5000rpm, and 420Nm of torque at 2000rpm. Depending on the variant and drivetrain, 0-100km/h comes up in as little as 8.2 seconds, while average fuel consumption spreads from 8.4L/100km in 2WD to 8.8L/100km in AWD.
Mazda confirms the new engine can run on 91 RON fuel or E10, making it practical and affordable, while the extensive suite of i-ActivSense safety technologies will ensure it remains as one of the safest options in the class.
Some of the technologies that will be offered include advanced blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, smart city braking (forward and reverse), while some variants will come with driver attention alert, adaptive LED headlights, and smart brake support.
Perhaps the biggest news is the confirmation of a starting price of $42,490 (excluding on-roads), making it $1280 more affordable than the outgoing Classic variant. Prices top out at $63,390 for the flagship Azami AWD.
The new model will officially launch in Australia in July. Prices start from the following (all excluding on-road costs):
2016 Mazda CX-9 6A Sport FWD – $42,490
2016 Mazda CX-9 6A Sport AWD – $46,490
2016 Mazda CX-9 6A Touring FWD – $48,890
2016 Mazda CX-9 6A Touring AWD – $52,890
2016 Mazda CX-9 6A GT FWD – $57,390
2016 Mazda CX-9 6A GT AWD – $61,390
2016 Mazda CX-9 6A Azami FWD – $59,390
2016 Mazda CX-9 6A Azami AWD – $63,390