It’s no secret that seven-seat SUVs are big news Down Under. Yet until this week Mazda has had to make do with its nine-year old CX-9, the ageing model competing with the likes of Holden’s equally aged but still strong-selling Captiva, Toyota Kluger and others including the Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Territory, and much younger Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento.
Now, there’s an all-new CX-9 – one that shares almost nothing with its predecessor save for its name.
The front bumper has been refreshed, with a new lower intake and new indicators – the models pictured don’t have fog lights. Revised headlights feature an updated LED daytime-running light (DRL) signature that is no doubt inspired by the new CX-9.
Adding to the changes up front are repositioned indicators on the wing mirrors, which now sit on the lower edge of the housing facing forward as opposed to the side-mounted signals on the current model.
As far as family cars are concerned, especially those families who like a more premium look and feel, well I just don’t think it can be beaten.
I have the new Mazda CX-9 booked for a full week road test and review in a couple of weeks and I look forward to utilizing it as a family vehicle, maybe this will show up a shortcoming or two? Maybe, but on what I’ve seen so far, maybe not.