Mazda North American Operations just unveiled the 2021 Mazda CX-9. While not exactly a facelift, the minor changes are certainly welcome to bring the Japanese automaker’s flagship SUV closer to being a true luxury SUV.
Receiving most of the exterior changes for the 2021 model year for the US market is the top trim CX-9 Signature variant. This is also the variant that’s on sale in the Philippines. The 2021 Mazda CX-9 Signature gets a set of newly-designed 20-inch brilliant silver alloy wheels and a new grille design finished in titanium gray metallic. Speaking of the grille, Mazda has also adorned the CX-9 Signature’s grille with LED accent lighting.
Also making its debut for the 2021 model year is a new Carbon Edition variant in which the Mazda 6 and CX-5 also get. This model does not have any sort of carbon fiber around the vehicle. Instead, the CX-9 Carbon Edition is coated in Mazda’s new Polymetal Gray paint. Black exterior trimmings adorn the CX-9 Carbon Edition for a more aggressive look, which includes the mirrors and the new front grille. The 20-inch alloy wheels are also painted in black.
Interior changes for the 2021 Mazda CX-9 are implemented across the entire line-up. The main highlight is the addition of a new 10.25-inch infotainment screen using the latest Mazda Connect software. Whether it’s the same software found in the all-new Mazda 3 and CX-30 is still a mystery at this point, since the provided press photo only shows a blank screen. For the CX-9 Carbon Edition, the interior is adorned in red leather interior and black trimmings. Other interior changes include LED accent lighting and hands-free power liftgate for the Carbon Edition, Grand Touring, and Signature variants. Exclusive to the top trim Signature (as shown) is genuine Santos Rosewood interior trim, Nappa Leather interior with quilting and seat piping, and patterned real aluminum trim on the dashboard.
The 2021 Mazda CX-9’s powertrain is unchanged. It still uses the same 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G Dynamic Pressure Turbo gasoline engine that produces 250 hp and 434 Nm of torque when using premium fuel or 227 hp and 420 Nm when using standard fuel. Power is sent to the front wheels or through an optional i-Activ AWD system via a 6-speed automatic.
As with every modern car nowadays, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 can be equipped with a host of advanced driver-assist features called i-Activsense. This includes front and rear automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, just to name a few.
The 2021 Mazda CX-9 will go on sale in dealers later this month in North America. Assembled in Japan for the global market, it won’t be long until the refreshed CX-9 also makes its way into the Philippines.