The 2021 Mazda CX-9 has been updated with safety and technology improvements designed to keep the large SUV competitive including some new features, a new centre screen and even wireless phone charging.
Revealed overnight in the USA, Mazda has gone down it’s well-travelled path of offering incremental, frequent updates of its models, as seen previously with the CX-5 medium SUV. Externally, the CX-9 gains new variant-dependent grilles and alloy wheels to freshen it up.
Inside however, buyers will be drawn to the new central touchscreen display, which now measures 10.25 inches in diameter, up from 9.0 inches. The screen is powered by Mazda’s latest generation infotainment system, just like the one we experienced in the CX-30, bringing crisp graphics and smooth scrolling. Other highlights include new wireless smartphone charging – a feature we’ve not yet seen in Australian-delivered Mazda products despite it being available overseas – along with refreshed interior trim elements and improved seat quilting and piping.
On the safety front, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 will receive enhanced driver-assist systems such as rear autonomous emergency braking (AEB) which can bring the Mazda to a stop should it detect an obstacle behind the car. A driver attention monitor is also included for the first time, along with high definition 360 degree surround-view cameras.
Expect the updated 2021 Mazda CX-9 to continue being powered by the well-loved 170kW/420Nm 2.5-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, mated to a conventional six-speed automatic. CX-9s are available in either front- or all-wheel drive, and Mazda’s latest G-Vectoring electronic chassis control is expected to be standard fitment across the updated CX-9 range.
Mazda Australia has confirmed that many of the updates announced overnight in the USA will flow onto Australia as all Mazda CX-9s are manufactured in Japan with the CX-9 going into direct competition with the 2021 Hyundai Palisade and Kia Sorento.