The first shipment of the all-new Mazda CX-9 has arrived port-side in Australia ahead of the car’s official July launch, as pre-sales interest hits record levels for the brand.
Mazda reports that the new seven-seat SUV has recorded 55,000 inquiries so far, with 13,000 of those asking to be contacted by a Mazda dealer once the vehicle hits showroom floors.
That number surpasses any pre-launch interest in Mazda history, with last year’s record interest in the new MX-5, at 34,000 inquiries and 9,700 contact requests, blown out of the water.
“The response to brand-new Mazda CX-9 has been remarkable,” said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak. “Never have we experienced such pre-launch interest in a Mazda nameplate.”
The first shipment of CX-9’s includes 60 vehicles, set to attend media and dealer launch activities, but if initial demand is anything to go by, Mazda will have to ramp up those numbers quickly.
Last month the CX-9’s primary competitors, the Toyota Kluger and Nissan Pathfinder sold 946 vehicles and 347 vehicles respectively, so if that initial demand turns into sales success the opposition may have a fight on their hands.
Like those two vehicles the new CX-9 is petrol-powered only, however where the Kluger is powered by a V6 and the Pathfinder brings a choice of V6 or supercharged petrol-electric hybrid, the CX-9 offers a newly developed 2.5 litre turbocharged version of Mazda’s SkyActiv engine range.
Already Mazda tops the small and medium SUV segments with the CX-3 and CX-5 and will no doubt be looking to repeat that success with the new CX-9, however both smaller SUVs provide a diesel engine option.
Available with both two and all wheel drive the CX-9’s 2.5 litre turbo generates 170kW of power and 420Nm of torque and is equipped with engine start/stop and a capacitor system to capture energy recovered during braking to relieve alternator load and save fuel.
Fuel consumption is as low as 8.4 l/100km for two wheel drive variants, and 8.8 l/100km when equipped with all wheel drive, compared with 11.0 l/100km for the current 3.7 litre V6 CX-9 which generates more power, but less torque (204kW/367Nm).
The CX-9’s four model range includes Sport, Touring, GT, and Azami variants all of which will be offered with a choice of front or all wheel drive, and seven seats as standard.
TMR will bring you more pricing and specification information about the new CX-9 range as it becomes available, and will be in attendance at the local launch in July.