The Mazda CX-9 flagship SUV was launched earlier this year with limited units available (only 60) to cater to the demand from Mazda fans; it was also the Australia-spec version. Now, Bermaz Motor Sdn Bhd has introduced the Malaysia-spec version, which is imported from Japan, in 2 Skyactiv-G Turbo variants – 2-wheel-drive (RM 281,449.70) and all-wheel-drive (RM 297,349.70). Prices quoted are on-the-road, without insurance for private registration.
Both the premium 7-seater variants are powered by the Skyactiv-G 2.5L Turbo engine that features the world’s first Dynamic Pressure turbo with a 4-3-1 exhaust manifold to deliver instant torque seamlessly. This is combined with an exhaust gas recirculation cooling system (EGT) to reduce combustion temperature to aid fuel economy and efficiency; the official fuel consumption is 8.98 liters per 100 km. This turbo engine puts out a maximum power of 228 hp and 420 Nm, and is paired with a 6-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission with manual shift mode.
The specs between the 2 variants are identical save for the drivetrain. You get new adaptive LED headlights which adjust light intensity and throw, LED tail lights, 20″ alloy wheels, powered tailgate, keyless entry, push button stop-start, rain-sensing wipers, improved driver’s seat to help reduce fatigue, one-touch folding for 2nd and 3rd row seats, 12-speaker Bose premium sound system, MZD Connect with touchscreen and command control knob, color head-up display, electronic parking brake, powered sunroof, rear door sunshade, Sport mode drive selector, 3-zone climate control, and 6 airbags.
Rear cargo space is claimed at 230 liters with all the seats up and expands to 810 liters with the 3rd row seats folded. The only notable difference between the 2 variants is the fuel tank: the 2WD is 72 liters and AWD, 74 liters.
When compared to the Australia-spec CX-9, the Malaysia-spec gets LED daytime running lights in lieu of the halogen pair, G-Vectoring Control, an expanded i-ActivSense safety suite (i.e. Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, adaptive headlights, and Driver Attention Alert in addition to the Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart City Brake Support for front & rear collision mitigation). The new local variants however, are no longer equipped with i-Stop idle stop-start and i-ELOOP energy recovery system, which we feel are not features Malaysian buyers hold as significant.