The South Koreans from Mazda officially announced that they are ready to introduce a new version of the seven-seater CX-9 in Australia. We talk about a model that benefits from a front-wheel drive system, a good alternative for the all-wheel drive model, as least in theory.
The new front-wheel drive Mazda CX-9 SUV will be available with two trim packages, Classic and Luxury, but we will discuss them after we analyze the engine range available in Australia. Under the bonnet, the same powerplant is retained, we talk about a 3.7-liter unit able to deliver 274 horsepower and 367 Nm of torque.
The front-wheel drive CX-9 manages to get an improved fuel consumption by 0,2 liters/100km. This means that the South Korean SUV provides a fuel consumption of 11 liters/100 km. In standard, all the Mazda CX-9 models, either the trim level, come with safety systems such as Roll Stability Control (RSC), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). Parking sensors alongside a reversing camera are standard features of the new CX-9 too making the parking maneuvers easier.
The first trim level designed for the front-wheel drive version of the Mazda CX-9 in Australia is called Classic and brings power windows and side mirrors, three-zone climate control, cruise control, automatic headlamps, leather trim for the steering wheel and gearshift knob but also a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Mazda CX-9 with the Classic trim level comes at a price of AU$44,425 (US$46,731) while all the versions of the South Korean SUV benefiting from a front-wheel drive system seem to be slightly cheaper than the all-wheel drive variants. If you want more from the SUV, then you can opt for the Luxury package which is priced at AU$51,725 (US$54,518) which brings significantly increased comfort.
To be more precise, you will benefit from power adjustable leather seats, a ten-speaker Bose premium audio system, heated power side mirrors, a tilt glass sunroof but also a new set of 20-inch alloy wheels.