The new Mazda CX-9 was previewed in November last year, but it was only slated to make its proper market launch in June. However, due to popular demand, Bermaz is now offering the seven-seater SUV for sale, albeit in limited units and in Australian specification.

They won’t be cheap, however, priced at RM316,788 for the two-wheel drive model and RM323,849 for all-wheel drive; prices are on-the-road inclusive of insurance, a new five-year/100,000 km warranty and a three-year free service package. By comparison, the previous-generation model retailed at RM296,646 in two-wheel drive form and RM337,748 with all-wheel drive.

Those who balk at the decidedly upmarket pricing will take solace in the fact that the CX-9 is offered in GT guise – only the Azami variant is higher-specced – and hence will at least be comprehensively equipped. Standard kit includes bi-LED headlights (with halogen daytime running lights), LED fog lights, LED tail lights, a powered sunroof and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Other features include keyless entry, push-button start, auto lights and wipers, cruise control, triple-zone auto climate control, leather upholstery, powered seats with driver’s side memory, a full-colour head-up display, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear side window blinds, a powered tailgate, an MZD Connect infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen, navigation, a reverse camera and a 12-speaker Bose sound system.

Safety-wise, the CX-9 is fitted with six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) and two ISOFIX child seat anchors in the middle row. It also comes with i-ActivSense driver assists, including front and rear Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Assist (RCTA).

Under the bonnet sits a 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G turbocharged petrol engine with i-stop automatic start/stop and an i-ELOOP capacitor-based energy recovery system, developing 228 hp at 5,000 rpm and 420 Nm at 2,000 rpm. A six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission is standard-fit. Fuel consumption is rated at 8.4 litres per 100 km on the two-wheel drive model and 8.8 litres per 100 km with all-wheel drive.