The Mazda CX-9 is the crème de la crème of the brand’s crossover lineup, offering the best in a segment-beating package (save for captain’s chairs which only the CX-8 has). While we know that there are a bunch of new CX models coming in the future, that didn’t stop the automaker from keeping its biggest SUV fresh and updated for 2022.
The new CX-9 will now be offered in three trim levels: the base Touring, the mid-spec Black Edition, and the top AWD Exclusive.
Changes include a new grille design, auto brake hold, a larger 9.2-inch infotainment screen with wireless Apple CarPlay support (and Android Auto, of course), and a wireless charging pad.
These are all still powered by the 2.5-liter turbocharged Skyactiv-G engine with an output of 227hp and 420Nm, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. G-Vectoring Control Plus helps put the power down to the ground properly.
The Touring grade will run you for P2,490,000. It has 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with halogen DRLs, a traditional instrument binnacle, a six-speaker sound system, rain-sensing wipers, and black leather upholstery with a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
The Black Edition retails for P2,790,000 and as its name suggests, receives blacked-out elements found in the grille, 20-inch wheels, and side mirrors, along with bright burgundy-red leather upholstery. It also comes with some of the luxuries found on the higher-spec variant like ventilated front seats with memory (for the driver).
Outside, there’s a power liftgate, adaptive LED headlights, a 7-inch LCD instrument binnacle, paddle shifters, 12-speaker Bose sound system, rear sunshades, a 360° camera, and heads-up display. It also receives the following i-Activsense features: Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The top-of-the-line AWD Exclusive costs P2,990,000. Naturally, it gets all the toys from the Black Edition plus bright-silver 20-inch wheels, a metallic-gray grille, a sunroof, a frameless auto-dimming mirror, larger exhaust tips, and brown Nappa leather trim with diamond-pattern stitching. There is also more safety gear with Radar Cruise Control and Smart City Brake Support.
All new Mazda vehicles come with a five-year service plan and a three-year (or 100,000km) warranty. This makes the CX-9 a compelling alternative to other premium seven-seaters in the market.