Mazda CX-9 Australia arrival

The first batch of the all-new Mazda CX-9 has arrived in Australia, several months after production of the seven-seater SUV began at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant in Japan. Scheduled to be launched in the country in July, the CX-9 will be offered to Australians in a total of four variants.

When it goes on sale, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 line-up will include the entry-level Sport, mid-grade Touring, high-spec GT and flagship grade Azami. All four will be powered exclusively by the SkyActiv-G 2.5T – 2.5 litre direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with both i-stop and i-ELOOP technology.

The new mill replaces the previous CX-9’s Ford-derived 3.7 litre V6 engine. Power outputs aren’t finalised for the Australian market, but the US-spec model, when running on 93-octane petrol, delivers 250 hp at 5,000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. A Skyactiv-Drive six-speed torque converter automatic transmission is mated to the engine, with Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive system available as an option.

In terms of looks, the new CX-9 adopts the brand’s latest Kodo Soul of Motion design, evident by the prominent grille and signature LED headlamps with LED DRLs. The car also wears a new signature Machine Grey body colour alongside Soul Red. Meanwhile, the interior is completely revamped, and has been made more premium as well. The company’s i-Activsense safety suite will also be offered to Australian buyers.

According to Mazda Australia, buyer interest in the CX-9 has been very encouraging, with almost 55,000 potential purchase leads registering their interest in the vehicle, of which 13,000 want to be contacted directly by a Mazda representative. These numbers surpass those for the Mazda MX-5 prior to the roadster’s debut.

We expect Mazda Malaysia to offer the all-new CX-9 to replace the current model here, which is still on sale for RM288,380.91 (on-the-road without insurance). However, when that will occur and for how much, remain unknown. Show of hands, how many of you are interested in the second-generation CX-9?

GALLERY: 2017 Mazda CX-9 (US-spec)