GALLERY: All-new Mazda CX-9 showcased in Japan

2016 Mazda CX-9 Japan 1

The new Mazda CX-9 will be one of the upcoming models that will be launched by Bermaz, either at the end of the year or early 2017. Our very own Jonathan Lee, who is currently in Japan to test drive the facelifted Mazda 3, managed to get up close with the second-generation model, and snapped a few photos of the seven-seat SUV for your viewing pleasure.

Wearing the latest Kodo Soul of Motion design, the new CX-9 features the brand’s signature grille and LED headlamps (with LED DRLs). The car seen here also wears Mazda’s new premium colour – Machine Grey, which joins Soul Red.

Meanwhile, the rear features a set of sleek 3D-design LED tail lights which are linked together by a chrome strip just above the Mazda logo. Pan downwards, and you’ll spot the CX-9’s dual exhaust tips, with another piece of chrome trim located slightly above it.

As for the interior, everything has been completely revamped, and made more upmarket than before as well. Familiar items here include the car’s heads-up display, MZD infotainment system and automatic climate control. Leather seats are also part of the getup, and as stated earlier, there’s enough room for seven inside, with second-row air-con vents.

Aside from its looks, the other highlight of the new CX-9 lies under the hood, where you’ll find the brand’s SkyActiv-G 2.5T – a 2.5 litre direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with both i-stop and i-ELOOP technology.

The mill in the US-spec model develops up to 250 hp and 420 Nm when running 93-octane petrol in the US (227 hp on 87-octane). For the Australian market, 228 hp and 420 Nm is provided from the turbo engine (running on RON 91). 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.

Safety-wise, the CX-9 was recently awarded a five-star rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) thanks to standard equipment such as dual frontal, dual frontal chest and curtain airbags, as well as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB, forward and reverse), part of the brand’s i-Activsense safety suite.

Oddly, despite being built in Japan, the CX-9 is not sold in its own domestic market. As we’ve mentioned earlier, the model is said to arrive in Malaysia by end-2016 or early next year. Interested? Well, Bermaz hasn’t provided any hint to the SUV’s pricing, but according to a local dealer, the CX-9 will be priced under the RM250k mark.

Current Mazda CX-9 in Malaysia

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Aaron on Jul 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I hope it’ll come here well-specced.. Pls Bermaz

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    • Kunta Kinte on Jul 27, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      the price might drop further to below RM150k cause when FBI and DOJ come to Malaysia and catches the Big Thief, they will then honour his promise to reduce car prices by 30%.

      Just wait a while before the FBI comes to Malaysia.

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      • FBI cant even pull out a real terrorist from their rear hole, instead they bully poor coloured pipu. Is this the justice we been looking for?

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      • AutoFrenz (the original) on Jul 27, 2016 at 11:04 pm

        You better watch out what you said kunta…

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        • he only has budget for kosong spec teana rm120k, what do u expect?

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  • priced under rm250k…hot cake!

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    • Nenek Kau on Jul 27, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      The base model i think starts with 250k and going up to 320k….

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  • mikasa on Jul 27, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    i am looking forward to upgrade to 7 seater far this SUV fit my requiriement. eager to wait

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    • I think better for you to take hyundai santa fe diesel

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      • Jürg Hölzle on Jul 28, 2016 at 5:56 pm

        The Hyundai Santa Fee is also a great SUV. Hyundai (and Kia) als make big steps forward. It seems, that Honda and Toyota currently stand still – technology and style.

        For me, the CX-9 is the more «modern» and «stylish» SUV, but this is a thing of personal taste.

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  • the 3D-design LED tail lights…cool

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  • Mazda is trying to be conti but fail and driving is not as smooth as the big 3 samurai, toyota, nissan and honda.

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    • Mazda has always done things their own way. They have always been very european due to decades of Ford connection..I think when u say ‘smooth’ u mean the ‘numb’ “cacoon’ feeling the rest do…not everyone likes that…some prefer being ‘part’ of the drive…most conti cars are like that but all still accept and bayar sebab mat salleh..when japanese do it u say it’s a wannabe…typical asian….bow down to colonial overlords…

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      • agreed, mazda is the combination of japanese reliability and european handling. no perfect car, to me mazda is the most balance among all

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    • Jürg Hölzle on Jul 28, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Driving may be not as «smooth» as the others Japanese brands – but the Mazdas are definitively more fun to drive.

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    • Jürg Hölzle on Jul 28, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      The CX-9 is my dream (family) car, but it is ridiculous expensive in Thailand.

      My hope is that Mazda will bring back a new CX-7, soon. Due my Mazda dealer I can expect this 7-seater within the next 2 years.

      Mazda will show the next generation CX-5 end of this year. We will see, if they will show also a (bigger) 7-seater variant?

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