MAZDA has given its flagship CX-9 SUV an replace for 2020, one which brings additional gear and a few delicate price tweaks throughout the range with the entry degree Sport FWD and Sport AWD now $500 cheaper at $45,920 (plus on-road prices) and $49,920 respectively.
That is the place the price reductions cease nevertheless, with the remainder of the range going the other way and rising in price with greater jumps the upper up the range you go.
Both the FWD and AWD variations of the Touring mannequin have risen by $350 to $53,310 and $57,310 respectively, whereas the GT variants have gone up by $600 to now value $61,720 for the FWD and $65,720 for the AWD.
The largest improve nevertheless belongs to the range-topping Azami variants – the Azami LE has been dropped – that are up greater than $2100 to now value $64,893 (FWD) and $69,303 (AWD) earlier than on-road prices.
For the additional money (or much less within the Sport variants’ case) Mazda has upped the CX-9’s consolation, security and dynamics, having added the newest era G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC-Plus) system and the AWD variations additionally get the newest Off-Road Traction Assist to enhance cornering and maximise grip.
The GVC-Plus system gently brakes totally different wheels throughout cornering to assist convey the automotive again right into a straight line when exiting a flip which Mazda says provides extra suggestions to the driving force and places them comfy.
The CX-9’s autonomous emergency braking (AEB) recreation has additionally been stepped up with what Mazda calls “an advanced automatic braking system”, capable of detect pedestrians and different objects in the dead of night of night time.
On the topic of darkness, the adaptive LED headlight system has been revised to now emit extra mild with out dazzling different drivers.
Practicality has additionally taken a step ahead with a new kick-action energy tailgate whereas entry to the third row of seating has been improved by way of a new, easy-to-reach change which tilts the second-row backrests ahead.
Other updates throughout the range embrace a new, greater infotainment display (9.zero inch) in addition to new badging and key fob to deliver the CX-9 into line with different Mazda fashions.
At the highest of the range, the Azamis rating new leather-based upholstery obtainable in a pair of two-tone color choices (Walnut Brown and black or Pure White and black) in addition to new finishes for the 18- and 20-inch alloy wheels.
Mechanically the large SUV stays unchanged, nonetheless making do with the acquainted turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 170kW of energy and 420Nm of torque with drive nonetheless going to the entrance or all 4 wheels by way of a six-speed automated transmission.
Last yr Mazda bought 7168 CX-9s, accounting for a 6.eight per cent share of the market although gross sales have been down 11.four per cent on 2018 when it bought 8094 examples.
The Toyota Prado was the runaway gross sales winner in 2019 with Toyota shifting 18,335 automobiles, accounting for greater than 17 per cent of the market share – the one different sub-$70,000 giant SUV to succeed in a double-digit proportion was the Toyota Kluger which claimed 10.eight per cent of the market.
2020 Mazda CX-9 pricing*
|CX-9 Sport FWD (a)||$45,920|
|CX-9 Sport AWD (a)||$49,920|
|CX-9 Touring FWD (a)||$53,310|
|CX-9 Touring AWD (a)||$57,310|
|CX-9 GT FWD (a)||$61,720|
|CX-9 GT AWD (a)||$65,720|
|CX-9 Azami FWD (a)||$64,893|
|CX-9 Azami AWD (a)||$69,303|
*Excludes on-road prices