In late April this year, Bermaz CEO Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh revealed a Malaysian-spec Mazda CX-9 would be introduced around the same time the new CX-5 made its debut. The model will replace the Australian-spec ones currently on sale, and will come fully imported (CBU) from Japan.

UPDATE: We now have official pricing for the Malaysian-spec Mazda CX-9, which you can check out, here.

It has been several months since then, and we now have our first look at the updated, Malaysian-spec CX-9, which sees a revision to its equipment list. As far as changes go, the CX-9 now comes with LED daytime running lights in place of the previous halogen units. That is the only noticeable difference visible from the outside, with the bi-LED headlights, LED fog lights, LED taillights, powered sunroof and 20-inch alloy wheels continuing to be retained.

It’s a similar story on the inside, where you’ll find a 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.

However, if you look to the right of the driver’s seat, you’ll notice a few more changes. For starters, the i-Stop button has been removed along with the rest of the system, so there won’t be an idling stop function available. The i-ELOOP capacitor-based energy recovery system joins the i-Stop system on its way out too.

On the other hand, the Malaysian-spec 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. Other notable add-ons include the brand’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC) system and new switchgear for the power-folding side mirrors.

Powertrain offerings are the same as before, with two- and all-wheel drive available, the former seen here. Under the bonnet sits a 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G turbocharged petrol engine (228 hp and 420 Nm), which is paired with a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission.

Pricing (on-the-road inclusive of insurance) for the Australian-spec CX-9 is currently set at RM316,788 for the two-wheel drive model, and RM323,849 for all-wheel drive. Could the Malaysian-spec model be priced below those figures? We’ll have to wait and see.