Mazda gets serious

2013 Mazda CX-9 Preview

2013 Mazda CX-9 Preview
Gone are the days of smiling front fascias and jolly exteriors. As the 2013 model was rolled out in Australia in early October, Mazda has taken on a more serious, aggressive look that's got the public paying attention to their KODO-styled CX-9.

2013 Mazda CX-9

As the first major design update since its North American launch in 2007, the 2013 Mazda CX-9's new exterior look is both refreshing and eye-catching. With a more assertive front end featuring Mazda Motor Corporation's new pentagonal grille -- also seen on the latest iteration of the Mazda6 -- as well as a much sportier overall look, the 2013 CX-9 is set to turn heads again.

While the outside of the 2013 Mazda CX-9 has changed, the engine will remain the same as the outgoing model's: a 3.7L V6 coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, the updated 2013 Mazda CX-9 will see an upgrade in refinement and quality in terms of fit and finish. As far as technology is concerned the infotainment will feature Mazda's intuitive Human Machine Interface (HMI) controlling the latest navigation and audio voice-recognition system. Along with onboard entertainment, the 2013 Mazda CX-9 will also feature a bevy of advanced safety systems such as Lane Depature Warning, High Beam Control System, and a Forward Obstruction Warning System.

Overall, the upgrades on the new 2013 Mazda CX-9 are more cosmetic than anything else. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The sporty crossover was in need of a new look, and Mazda complied.

North American availability and pricing has not yet been announced.

2013 Mazda CX-9 front view
The 2013 Mazda CX-9's new exterior look is both refreshing and eye-catching. (Photo: Mazda)

By Miranda Lightstone,

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