The 7-seater midsize crossover adopts a host of creature comforts and safety updates.

Already on its second generation, the popular Mazda CX-9 gets a host of new features across the board in the form of refinements, tech updates, and performance. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is set to enter the midsize crossover ring with a few new tricks up its sleeves. Let’s take a look at what the engineers at Mazda have added to make the CX-9 an even stronger contender.

All variants of the 2019 Mazda CX-9 (there are four variants and two packages) adopt a retuned suspension for a quieter and smoother ride, as well as better noise suppression thanks to thicker floor mats and headliners. The 2019 Mazda CX-9 also retains the familiar 2.5-liter turbocharged SkyActiv gasoline engine that makes 250 hp and 429 Nm of torque, and the single transmission option is a six-speed automatic. Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel drive system is an option on all variants, but is standard on the CX-9 Signature (more on this later). The system utilizes multiple sensors to scan road conditions, thus routing power to the front or rear wheels as it sees fit. On to the trims.

Entry level but still well-equipped is the 2019 Mazda CX-9 Sport. It comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system with a new interface, cloth seats, LED lighting, one touch windows, rear privacy glass, three-zone climate control, keyless entry, and push-button start. On the safety front, you get blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and rear cross-traffic alert. Add the Sport Package and you get a power driver’s seat that’s heated (along with the front passenger), heated door mirrors, automatic headlights with high beam control, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and rain sensing wipers.

Going one step up to the CX-9 Touring variant adds everything above, with the addition of a power liftgate, leather trimmed surfaces, a slightly bigger eight-inch Mazda Connect system, two second row USB ports for charging, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and adds pedestrian detection in the automatic emergency braking suite. Also new is that the 2019 Mazda CX-9 Touring includes factory-installed Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, making mirroring a smartphone much simpler. Add the CX-9 Touring Premium Package and you get a power moonroof, a Bose 12-speaker audio system, LED fog lamps, Mazda navigation, front parking sensors, and second row sunshades.

Next is Mazda’s CX-9 Grand Touring variant that builds upon said features and adds a new seven-inch TFT reconfigurable gauge cluster display first seen in the 2018 Mazda6 midsize sedan, ventilated front seats, new power-folding door mirrors and a new 360° view monitor. This variant also comes with adaptive front lighting, chrome accents, roof rails, 20-inch aluminum wheels, a driving display with traffic sign recognition, heated steering wheel, and door-pocket and ambient illumination for the cabin.

The final variant has all of that, and more. Called the Signature trim, this adds a unique rear exterior badge, LED accent lighting in the grille, Auburn Nappa leather seats, a hand stitched and leather wrapped steering wheel, rosewood interior trim, and more ambient lighting in the transmission shifter. Fancy.

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 will be available in select dealerships in the US by the end of August 2018, with the rest of North America to follow in September. We can assume that the rest of the world should get their allocation before the end of the year. With the local success of the CX-9, we have no doubt that it’s merely a when, and not an if. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more, but we can’t wait to see what specs we get for the local market.

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