A couple of years ago, Mazda introduced to us the 2016 CX-9 model year, and it was loved by many. This year, they have decided that it is time to introduce another model year that comes with a handful of technological upgrades. The 2018 model year should be out in dealerships by the end of September.
So speaking of technological upgrades, drivers can now enjoy functions including blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and Smart City Brake Support. The latter works just like an automatic emergency braking system.
I did mention that it will be getting a number of tech upgrades, right? Another new feature that the CX-9 gets will be the company's G-Vectoring Control that comes as standard. What this feature does is that it tweaks the engine mapping, steering inputs, and throttle settings to reduce engine torque when cornering. These adjustments are supposed to put more of the vehicle's weight to the front wheels, while providing a more direct feel from behind the wheel.
If all those upgrades are not enough for you, you may want to tick the Sport Package that is available for the CX-9 Sport trim. An extra $1,290 will give you more tech features such as automatic headlights with high-beam control, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, radar adaptive cruise control, rain sensing wipers, heated seats and a power driver's seat.
What remains in the Touring trim will be amenities like leather seats and power tailgate. The 2018 model, however, will get a tilting driver seat and lumbar support for the passenger seat. Customers can still opt for the Touring's Premium Package for $1,890. This gives you additional LED fog lights, navigation, Bose 12-speaker stereo, parking sensors and a sunroof.
For the 2018 Grand Touring trim, new features include heated second-row seats and a heated steering wheel, plus a windshield wiper de-icer. Standard features like adaptive lighting and a heads-up display remains.
Despite all the upgrades, the range topping CX-9 Signature will not be getting anything new. Though it remains to have Auburn-coloured Nappa leather, rosewood trim by Fujigen, and LED lights on both the grille and in the interior.
Naturally, all of these come with a slight price change. For certain trims, there is a slight price increase, but some trims actually cost less now. If you would like to see the full rates, these can be found online. The $940 destination cost is included in this price list.