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Mazda CX-9 scores a new model.

The Mazda CX-9 has been given a boost with a new variant and more equipment across the range. On sale now is the new model Azami LE, a strange name but it comes full of solid kit.

The new range topper is part of a second major update to the current CX-9 range, launched in 2016. Mazda’s safety package ACTIVSENSE is now standard across the range. This includes Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function, Smart Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-keep Assist System, Traffic Sign Recognition and High Beam Control (HBC). This array of tech joins the current Smart City Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Driver Attention Alert. So it’s fair to say Mazda value safety.

All grades also score a head up display and a tire pressure monitoring system. The CX-9 is also the first Mazda SUV to feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

So what makes the Azami so aspirational? Well it gains extra luxury touches such as front seat ventilation, a 360° View Monitor, seven-inch LCD TFT multi-information instrument cluster, heated steering wheel, windscreen de-icer and a frameless rear-vision mirror.

The LE takes it a step further with new colours, brown Napa leather seats, real wood panels on the doors and an ambient LED light package.

Suspension tweaks have improved ride quality and overall refinement levels while Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbocharged engine and six-speed auto remains unchanged.

Chris is EFTM’s Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.

He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.

Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.

Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.

Mazda CX-9 scores a new model.
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