Mazda CX-9 Facelift-7

Bermaz has introduced the new-look 2013 Mazda CX-9 in Malaysia – Hiroshima’s refreshed SUV, which made its global debut last year at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, arrives in the same 4WD and 2WD configurations as before.

The flagship model was launched in 2007 and received a very minor rework back in 2009, but the current update bears more significant changes. The front and rear of the seven-seater gets the Kodo treatment, while the interior has been enhanced with improved materials and trim.

Kit includes a 10-speaker Bose audio system, bi-xenon headlamps, tri-zone air-conditioning and a reverse camera, and the CX-9 now sits on new design 20-inch wheels, wrapped with 245/50 tyres.

Riding on the same Ford-based CD3 platform as it was when it was launched, there are no SkyActiv-related changes, the 5.09 metre-long vehicle continuing on with the MZI 3.7 litre V6 and six-speed Activematic transmission as previously found. Power output figures are 274 hp at 6,250 rpm and 367 Nm at 4,250 rpm.

Elsewhere, the CX-9 now comes with a raft of i-Activsense features such as Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and High Beam Control (HBC) and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM).

Six exterior shades are available, these being Dolphin Grey Mica, Zeal Red Mica, Meteor Grey Mica, Brilliant Black, Crystal White Pearl Metallic and Aluminium Metallic. As for pricing, the 2013 Mazda CX-9 2WD is priced at RM288,404, while the 4WD version goes for RM328,404, both on-the-road without insurance, each being RM6k more than their predecessors.