Earlier this year, 2017 Mazda CX-9 earned the Top Safety Pick+ rating from Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Since then, they have been putting more effort to prove once again that they deserve the given title.
This time, the 2018 CX-9—Mazda’s flagship crossover—received a plethora of upgrades to provide the owner and its passengers a “Mazda Premium” experience. To start things up, the Japanese marque enhanced the second row and third row for a greater comfort and easier access. Mazda also added more sound insulation to provide a quieter ride.
Also new to the 2018 CX-9 is the G-Vectoring Control (GVC), which improves the vehicle’s cornering response and stability by optimizing vertical load on each tire when needed. It also lessens body roll, providing a more comfortable ride.
Aside from that, all CX-9 variants now come standard with the Smart City Brake Support (SCBS). This technology can automatically apply the brakes in emergency situations below 31 km/h — all part of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety systems. Not only that, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert will also be available to each and every 2018 CX-9.
With these improvements, it’s no wonder this model won this year’s Strategic Vision’s Total Quality Impact award. It’s safe to say that the 2018 CX-9 deserves to be the marque’s flagship as it continues to strive to become a better and safer vehicle.
The 2018 CX-9 will roll out of the American showrooms this September. As for the Philippines, well, we have yet to hear if Mazda Philippines will bring the updated premium crossover.