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Tweaks for 2018 Mazda CX-9

2016 Car of the Year improved for 2018

The impressive new-generation Mazda CX-9 is getting some tweaks for 2018, including the addition of G-Vectoring Control.

The technology helps improve vehicle stability and control and is being rolled out progressively across the Mazda range.

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Other safety improvements also being introduced into the five-star ANCAP rated seven-seat SUV includes a change to the pedestrian detection/Smart City Brake Support (Forward) tech that sees it now operate at speeds up to 80km/h, rather than up to the previous 30km/h.

Traffic Sign Recognition has been added to the CX-9 GT and Azami models.

There’s also a second top tether point for the third-row seats and this allows child/booster seats to be mounted to all three middle row seats and both third-row seats.

Getting into the third-row of seats is now easier thanks to extra tilt/slide capability of the second-row seats.

The change brings up to 140mm of extra clearance.

It’s also now easier to tilt/slide the second-row seat due to the replacing of plastic slide rail retainers with metal units.

Mazda Australia say their engineers have also made some subtle changes to help ensure the CX-9 is as quiet as possible.

These include a height difference reduction between the rear end of the roof moulding and the tailgate and extra noise-absorbing material on the underside of the roof lining and inside the boot.

Thicker floor mats are also being deployed.

The power driver’s seat also adds a new tilt function and heated seats have been added for the two outer seats in the middle row, in GT and Azami models.

While auto-power folding mirrors have been added across the 2018 Mazda CX-9 range.

Lastly, CX-9 can now be optioned in the popular Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint.

Mazda’s marketing chief, Alastair Doak, says the changes make the CX-9 an even more compelling option for Australian families.

 “Although it has barely been a year since the debut of the current CX-9, it is important to Mazda to drive the evolution of this vehicle as our flagship SUV.”

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