Mazda CX-9 Australia arrival

The Mazda CX-9 has already made landfall in Australia, but the seven-seater SUV is not expected to be launched there until later this year. When it does go on sale however, CX-9 buyers will be glad to know that safety won’t be skimped on.

According to CarAdvice, Mazda claims its second-generation CX-9 will best its competitors in terms of safety, luxury and affordability. To show it means business for the first bit, all variants of the CX-9 for the Australian market will feature Mazda’s i-ActivSense safety suite.

Features that are part of the i-ActivSense suite include blind-spot monitoring (BSM), rear cross traffic alert (RCTA), Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW) and Smart City Brake Support for forward and reverse (SCBS). Other standard features on all CX-9 variants in Australia include a reverse camera and rear parking sensors. The flagship Azami is said to be better equipped with adaptive LED headlamps with high-beam control.

All CX-9 variants will get the company’s SkyActiv-G 2.5T – 2.5 litre direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with both i-stop and i-ELOOP technology. Running on RON 91, the mill develops 228 hp and 420 Nm for the Australian market. The mill replaces the first-gen’s 3.7 litre V6 motor, and is 25% more efficient.

The mill is mated to a Skyactiv-Drive six-speed torque converter automatic, with two- and four-wheel drive options. The two-wheel drive version has fuel economy (combined) of 8.8 litres per 100 km, while the four-wheel drive model sips 8.8 litres per 100 km.

While the Australians appear set to receive the second-gen CX-9, we in Malaysia are still waiting on official word that the model will indeed be sold here. According to a local dealer, the SUV is set to arrive in Malaysia “soon,” with a price range of between RM230k and RM250k. A tempting proposition yet?

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