Mazda’s CX-9 facelift debuts at New York Auto Show

The facelifted CX-9 is joined in New York by the updated CX-7 and all-new Mazdaspeed3 (MPS)

The facelifted CX-9 is joined in New York by the updated CX-7 and all-new Mazdaspeed3 (MPS)

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Mazda has been very busy in the past couple of months, with updated versions of the MX-5 and CX-7, as well as the all-new 2010 Mazda3, all making their respective debuts recently. Mazda’s new model roll-out shows no sign of slowing as the company has just unveil an updated version of its CX-9 SUV at the New York Auto Show.

Highlighting the list of changes for the 2010 Mazda CX-9 is a new front-end, which picks up the company’s smiling fascia, as well as new headlights, fog-lamps and dual chrome exhaust pipes.

As is also the case with other recent vehicles in the Mazda lineup, the 2010 CX-9 receives a Nagare-inspired exterior and interior. Like the recently updated CX-7, the new CX-9’s interior adopts higher quality materials, a new design for the gauges, and a new multifunction information display. Also new for 2010 are the chrome accents on the center console, new seat fabrics, piano-black inserts on the steering wheel and around the audio display, and extra storage pockets.

The SUV comes powered by Mazda’s familiar 273hp (204kW) 3.7L V6 engine, which keeps its peak torque of 270lb-ft (366Nm) from 3,000rpm right until 4,250rpm. Drive is sent the wheels via an Aisin-supplied six-speed Sport AT automatic transmission with manual-mode. In normal driving, 100% of the driving torque is delivered to the front wheels. During aggressive acceleration or when one front wheel is on the verge of slip, a controlled percentage of the available torque is directed to the rear axle.

Mazda also used the upcoming New York event for the U.S. debut of the facelifted CX-7 and the all-new Mazdaspeed3 (MPS).
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