We now have official pricing for the updated, Malaysian-spec Mazda CX-9, which is currently being previewed, months after it was revealed such a model would be introduced. As a reminder, the model replaces the Australian-spec ones, and will come fully imported (CBU) from Japan.

Jumping right into the important figures, two variants will be offered as before – 2.5 2WD and 2.5 AWD – with the former being priced at RM281,449.70, and the latter at RM297,349.70. Both prices are on-the-road without insurance, and is inclusive of a five-year/100,000 km warranty and three-year/60,000 km free maintenance.

As a comparison, the Australian-spec model sold at RM286,749.70 for the 2WD and RM302,649.70 for the AWD. Mechanically, the Malaysian-spec cars are unchanged from before, with a 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G turbocharged petrol engine continuing to serve up 228 hp and 420 Nm. The engine is paired with a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system for the relevant variant.

The only exterior change you’ll find here are the LED daytime running lights, which replace the Australian-spec car’s halogen units. Everything else is as per before, including the bi-LED headlights, LED fog lights, LED taillights, powered sunroof and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Similarly, the interior retains the same equipment – triple-zone auto climate control system, leather upholstery, powered seats with driver’s side memory, projector-type Active Driving Display, a powered tailgate, MZD Connect infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen and a 12-speaker Bose sound system.

Minor tweaks include new switchgear for the power-folding side mirrors, which follow those found on the latest Mazda 2. More major revisions are observed on the panel near it, which no longer features the i-Stop on/off button. The idling stop function, along with the i-ELOOP capacitor-based energy recovery system, have now been removed.

However, the CX-9’s i-ActivSense suite of systems has been improved to offset what has been removed. It now includes the Lane Keep Assist System (LAS), which is accompanied by the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Driver Attention Alert as well. Also making an appearance here is the brand’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC) system, which can be found on other Mazda models.

With the Malaysian-spec model being more affordable compared to the Australian-spec one, do you think the seven-seat SUV is a worthy buy? Let us know in the comments below.