Mazda CX-9 ANCAP 1

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has awarded the all-new Mazda CX-9 with a top safety rating of five stars, ahead of its launch in Australia this week.

According to the car safety performance assessment programme’s report, the CX-9 managed to score 35.87 out of a possible 37 points. A breakdown of the score revealed that the SUV managed to secure 14.87 points in the frontal offset test and 16 points in the side impact test, both out of a possible 16 points.

The CX-9 also scored perfect marks in the pole and side impact tests. Pedestrian protection saw the CX-9 scoring 29.30 out of a possible 36, earning it a ‘Good’ rating. The same rating is applicable in the whiplash protection test as well.

Among the safety features that come as standard on the CX-9 across all variants include dual frontal, dual frontal chest and curtain airbags, with the latter being fitted on all three rows. Other safety kit include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB, forward and reverse).

Only the high-speed AEB (AEB Interurban), adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane support systems (LSS), adaptive front lighting and fatigue warning systems are only available on top-spec CX-9 variants.

On the mention of variants, the CX-9 will be offered in a total of eight for Australia, spread across four grades, available in front- and all-wheel drive powertrains. The entry-level ‘Sport’ is priced at AUD$42,490 (RM126,973) for the FWD version, while the AWD retails for an additional AUD$4,000 (RM11,955).

Mazda CX-9 Australia arrival

The ‘Touring’ grade is next, priced at AUD$48,890 (RM146,121) (FWD) and AUD$52,890 (RM158,052) (AWD), respectively. This is followed by the ‘GT’ grade – AUD$57,390 (RM171,499) (FWD) and AUD$61,390 (RM183,805) (AWD). The range-topping ‘Azami’ grade is listed at AUD$59,390 (RM177,504) for the front-wheel drive version and AUD$63,390 (RM189,429) for the all-wheel drive variant.

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. A Skyactiv-Drive six-speed torque converter automatic is mated to the new mill.

Closer to home, the CX-9 is destined to arrive in Malaysia either at the end of 2016 or early 2017. No mention of pricing, but according to a local Mazda dealer, the seven-seat SUV is said to be tentatively priced under RM250k. Like the Australian-spec model, the CX-9 will likely be fully imported from Japan.