By now we’ve seen Mazda’s Kodo styling on the 2013 CX-5 and 2014 Mazda6,and it appears the new design language will trickle down to the automaker’s three-row people hauler. Set to debut at next month’s Australian International Motor Show is the revised and face-lifted 2013 Mazda CX-9 crossover.
The 2013 Mazda CX-9’s Kodo transformation is most noticeable up front where its front fascia is less smiley and more aggressive compared to the current U.S.-spec 2012 model. The refreshed crossover sports a chromed grille design that mimics what we’ve seen on the CX-5 and Mazda6. The lower bumper has more aggressive lines and the headlights have been sharpened. The side profile doesn’t appear to be tweaked, though Mazda says the rear has been restyled (pictures of the back weren’t provided).
Other changes include enhanced interior styling and materials (again, no pictures) and new active-safety features including an advanced high beam headlight system, lane departure warning system, and a “Forward Obstruction” warning system. If incorporated into a U.S.-spec CX-9, some of those features could keep Mazda competitive with crossovers like the Chevrolet Traverse and Honda Pilot. The 2011 calendar year was the CX-9’s best year, with 34,421 units sold. Through the first eight months of 2012, 15,339 CX-9s have been sold.
Earlier this year, rumors suggested that an all-new CX-9 could debut by late 2013. It’s unclear if that’s still the case, but considering that the CX-9 was our 2008 sport/utility of the year, the crossover could use some serious updates. Though the CX-9 was starting to appear a bit dated in our most recent three-row crossover comparison, the Mazda still managed to place first.
Thanks to: Motor Trend