Headlining the range is a new range-topping variant called the Azami, with three other models to sit below the newcomer.
These include – from the top down – the GT, the Touring and the entry-level Sport.
The combinations of trim from the four variants, matched with front- or all-wheel-drive, will bring the total number of CX-9 models in Australia to eight when it launches midyear.
And that’s it – as Mazda has already confirmed that the CX-9 will be available only with a 2.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine matched with an automatic transmission.
The engine is one of the CX-9’s defining features, with Mazda adopting turbocharging with its SkyActiv technology for the first time for an output of 170kW and 420Nm using regular 91RON unleaded or E10 ethanol-blended fuel.
If those figures look ‘diesel-like’ to you, that’s no coincidence, as Mazda said it has developed the engine for the “real world”.
The carmaker was quick to reveal that the official fuel figure for its new powerplant is 8.4 l/100km, as Mazda looks to allay fears that the new CX-9’s thirst will mirror that of its previous large SUV with turbo petrol power – the CX-7.
Sending drive to all four wheels sees the fuel figure rise to 8.8 l/100km. Both FWD and AWD models are almost 25 percent more frugal than the models they replace, and both carry Mazda’s stop-start i-stop fuel-saving tech, along with i-ELOOP energy recuperation.
Mazda says the CX-9 will be the most economical in its class, when compared to other seven-seat, petrol-powered large SUVs.
“This is the most comprehensive Mazda CX-9 range ever,” Mazda Australia Marketing Director, Alastair Doak, said. “When the Brand-New Mazda CX-9 arrives, thanks to the strength of the range and the significantly improved fuel economy figures, there is certainly something for everyone.”
Pricing is still to be finalised for the 2016 Mazda CX-9 range – stay tuned to TMR for more.