2016 Mazda CX-9 now on sale in Australia from $42,490

Mazda’s all-new second-generation CX-9 seven-seat SUV has finally arrived in Australia, with prices starting at $42,490.

2016 Mazda CX-9 range

Interest surrounding the new CX-9 has been huge leading up to its release, with 82,000 potential buyers registering their interest, and 23,000 signing up to be contacted as soon as the CX-9 hits showrooms.

Now that it finally has arrived, buyers are offered four trim variants. The base model Sport kicks off at $42,490 (plus on-roads), and receives 18-inch alloys, MZD connect, navigation, a reversing camera with sensors, LED headlamps and city braking and blind-spot monitoring as standard.

Stepping up into the $48,890 Touring variant adds front fog lamps, a larger 8.0-inch MMI, heated electric seats, leather upholstery and safety equipment like smart city brake and blind-spot monitoring.

The $57,390 GT grade variant gets larger 20-inch alloys, and conveniences like keyless entry, an automatic boot, front parking sensors, digital radio and head-up display. The $59,390 flagship Azami model adds the full array of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE safety tech, as well as the choice of black or natural stone leather upholstery.

The new CX-9 has received a five start ANCAP rating, and is now 25 per cent more fuel efficient over the outgoing CX-9 thanks to the new 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The engine’s output is at the 170kW mark, with 420Nm of torque available from 2000rpm.

The new engine is significantly more efficient, consuming fuel at a rate of 8.4L/100km in the FWD variant, and 8.8L/100km in AWD variants.

Mazda’s updated i-ACTIVSENSE safety package throws in adaptive headlamps, lane keep-assist, smart brake support, lane departure warning, radar cruise control and stop/start feature. For the first time, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and smart city brake come as standard across the CX-9 range.