Mazda displayed both a production CX-9 from North America and a cutaway model to give show goers a good look at the stylish interior. With three rows of seats and a 186 kW V6 engine as standard, it joins the updated Tribute and recently launched CX-7 crossover in Mazda's off-road range. Mazda Australia says the decision to produce a right-hand drive version just for Australia underlines the country's importance to Mazda globally.It is designed to blend Mazda's "Soul of a Sportscar" driving spirit with seven passenger SUV practicality, paying just as much attention to driving enjoyment as to family practicality.
The interior can be adjusted to suit all needs, with a wide range of driver's seat and steering column adjustment, a 60-40 split second row with approximately 125mm of fore-and-aft slide travel and a reclining backrest, plus a 50-50-split for the third row. Designed to carry seven people as well as their luggage, the CX-9 provides more than 480 litres of cargo capacity even with the third row seat in place, eclipsing the boot capacity of many large sedans. Powering the CX-9 is a new 3.5-litre V6 featuring four valves per cylinder and variable valve timing, driving through a standard six-speed automatic transmission. Mazda's advanced Active Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive system, as already used in the Mazda6 MPS and CX-7, distributes up to 50 per cent of the vehicle's torque to the rear wheels when required.