Bermaz Motor recently introduced the updated 2021 Mazda CX-9 7-seater so we popped by their showroom earlier to get a closer look at it now that they’ve resumed operations, with strict SOP in place.
Getting right into it, the exterior remains largely unchanged save for some minor tweaks; it’s an update not a facelift after all. For starters, the seven-seater now comes with the Ignite Edition exterior package as standard.
The kit includes the front grille which has been redesigned, 20-inch wheels, and side mirror caps all finished in black, lending the car more sinister look.
There are two variants to the 2021 CX-9, either in front-wheel drive or with all-wheel drive. Both are powered by the same 2.5-litre turbocharged engine paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission, with 228 hp and 420 Nm.
Fuel consumption for the 2WD model is rated at 8.8L/100 km, while the all-wheel drive at 9.2L/100 km (on paper).
Inside, new additions to the cabin include wireless charging, wireless Apple Car Play and paddle shifters for the 6-speed automatic. By far the biggest change are the Burgundy seats which thankfully appear to be in just the right shade for a reall classy look.
A quick check with Mazda revealed that the Burgundy upholstery will be the only option available. The CX-9 had black leather upholstery previously.
Other standard equipment onboard includes the head-up display, ventilated and heated seats, a sunroof, a 12-speaker Bose sound system and a 3-zone air conditioning system.
For safety, there are six airbags and Mazda’s i-ActivSense driver assistance system with adaptive headlights, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and auto braking (front and back) with pedestrian detection. The all-wheel drive model even comes with Off-road Traction Assist.
The CX-9 is fully imported and is subject to 50% sales tax exemption for CBU cars till 31st of December 2021. The front-wheel drive model is priced at RM319,847 and the all-wheel drive at RM336,215.