AA Motoring went to the launch of the Mazda CX-9, which is due to hit the New Zealand market on October 1 and it certainly left us with a great first impression when we saw it at its launch on Thursday 1 September.
With the increasing demand for high quality and competitively priced SUV’s in the New Zealand market, Mazda appear to have timed the launch of the new CX-9 perfectly.
This isn’t a facelift, the latest CX-9 is brand new from the ground up. No components from earlier generations will be found anywhere on this one.
It’s the last Mazda model to receive the 6th generation update, and through a newly developed engine, the CX-9 has improved fuel economy and efficiency. This is a family-focused SUV, with its seven seats providing space for the 2.4 kids, the dog and the Saturday morning sports gear. The range includes three models that start at $52,000. Even the base GSX model offers a good level of safety features and specs, such as Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RTCA), Smart City Brake Support – Forward (SCBS-F) and Smart City Brake Support – Reverse (SCBS-R). But, the Limited grade really takes safety and assist features to a whole other level with Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), Smart Brake Support (SBS), plus much more.
The CX-9 has been awarded a 5 star ANCAP safety rating, and it’s great to see a good level of safety features as standard across the range, especially since this SUV is ideal for families.