Mazda Australia has advised of a series of worthwhile technical, infotainment and styling updates to its CX-9 large SUV.

A hands-free tailgate using a simple kick gesture will make life simpler if you have a load in your hands.

Mazda CX-9’s centre infotainment screen has been enlarged to nine inches. The addition of USB ports further improves third-row functionality.

Third row access has been made safer and easier with the implementation of a switch that tilts the seat forward on the side of the seat cushion where third row passenger can easily reach it.

Mazda CX-9 Azami will replace Azami LE at the top end. The update sees Azami receive a higher-quality feel to its Nappa leather seating. It’s offered in Walnut Brown and Pure White.

Exterior changes include a dark 20-inch wheel finish and a new bright 18-inch wheel finish.

In line with updates across the Mazda range, the 2020 CX-9 also has a new key fob design and updated vehicle badging.


On the driving and safety fronts, the CX-9 now has G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus). This uses brake control to help stabilise and return the vehicle to straight-line running when coming out of a turn. The all-wheel-drive system has Mazda’s Off-Road Traction Assist, which makes driving easier on undulating roads, preventing tyre slip.

The automatic braking system can detect pedestrians in the dark.

All models add the convenience of Auto-hold in the Electric Parking Brake, which holds the vehicle stopped, even if you’ve taken your foot off the brake.


The updated Mazda CX-9 is on sale now.

Mazda CX-9 Sport FWD: $45,920
Mazda CX-9 Sport AWD: $49,920
Mazda CX-9 Touring FWD: $53,310
Mazda CX-9 Touring AWD: $57,310
Mazda CX-9 GT FWD: $61,720
Mazda CX-9 GT AWD: $65,720
Mazda CX-9 Azami FWD: $64,893
Mazda CX-9 Azami AWD: $69,303
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Mazda dealer for drive-away prices.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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