The facelift Mazda CX-9 appeared in public for the first time at the 2009 NYIAS. Versions offered will be the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring, all of which feature a 3.7-litre V6.

Mazda has refreshed the CX-9 SUV for the 2010 model year. It was introduced at the 2009 New York Auto Show today. The CX-9 is Mazda's flagship crossover SUV as it sits above the smaller CX-7. The three models available are the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring.

Changes have been made to the front grille by placing a streak of chrome on it. The lower bumper is wide and features Mazda's new smiling family face. Muscular fenders, a steeply-angled windshield, 20-inch and 18-inch wheels with P245/50R-20 and P245/60R-18 tyres respectively give the car a resolute stance. Rear lights have been redesigned to match the new headlights.

Maximum power of 273hp (201kW) comes from a 3.7-litre V6 engine made from a die-cast aluminium bock with cast-in iron cylinder liners and aluminium cylinder heads. Peak torque is 270 lb-ft (366Nm) at 4,250rpm. The standard fitted transmission is a 6-speed automatic with manual mode.

Safety specs include ABS with EBD, Traction Control System and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). FWD is standard while Mazda's Active Torque All-Wheel Drive is to be sold as an option.

The interior is polished in soft leather trim with subtle stitching on the seating area, piano-black insets on the steering wheel, chrome accents on the controls and on the transmission lever knob. All three CX-9 models come standard with air conditioning, cruise control, a trip computer, power windows, remote keyless entry, six air bags and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

Touring and Grand Touring models are fitted with a Bose sound system. The Grand Touring can also be ordered with the optional satellite navigation system.


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