The ‘new look’ Mazda CX-9 has made its first global appearance at this year’s Australian International Motor Show in Sydney – here are some live photos of it on the stand. This is its second facelift since its launch in 2007; the first was in 2009. The refreshed seven-seater will launch in Australia this December.

The car’s front and rear gets Mazda’s Kodo design treatment (first seen on the CX-5 and then the Mazda 6) while the interior gets some minor updates in the form of colours, materials and trim finishes, and an upgraded infotainment system. Interesting is how the grille’s lower chrome bar penetrates into the glass of the headlamps. We think on the outside it looks more confident all-round.

There are new 20-inch aluminium wheels and some new i-ACTIVSENSE safety features as well, which include Forward Obstruction Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring and High Beam Control.

Soldiering on is the 3.7 litre V6 that feeds its 273 hp and 367 Nm of twist via a six-speed automatic to either the front wheels or all wheels (depending on the version). Other features on the CX-9 include Dynamic Stability Control, tri-zone climate control, reverse camera and cruise control. No SkyActiv or i-ELOOP regenerative braking, though.