The new Mazda CX-9: A distinction in comfort and quality at a competitive price – Our car of the year

The new Mazda CX-9 range of superior, genuine leather and aluminium comes together to create an atmosphere of chic sophistication that satisfies all the senses.

The monthly MOTOR magazine 2021 Car of the Year, the new Mazda CX-9, is a product of Japanese craftmanship at its best. Most notable, the new Mazda CX-9 inside and outside of the Mazda CX-9 is the use of premium materials blended with aerodynamic design and layout, creating unparalleled cosseting comfort and a finish quality that is a class above.

For those who love and care for the family, the new Mazda CX-9 begins with carefully balancing the needs of parents and children to create a relaxing, inviting interior that gives comfort to all age groups with regard to spacious space, comfort that is out of this world and that added extra that just makes the proud owner feel distinctively special.

2021 mazda CX 9 interior

Careful and rigorous selection of materials guarantees both visual and tactile fulfilment, generous soundproofing enables comfortable and clear conversation between the occupants. The interior space is widely adjustable to match your requirements of the day. It may seem like magic, but wherever you sit in CX-9, everything simply feels right.

Available at the Mazda Division of the giant CMC Motors Group, with the support of the holding company, Al Futtaim, the new Mazda CX-9 is pleasing by design. The interior is a finely honed statement of stylish design and quality materials and craftmanship.

The new Mazda CX-9 range of superior, genuine leather and aluminium comes together to create an atmosphere of chic sophistication that satisfies all the senses. Black or silk beige leather upholstery further enhances CX-9’s luxurious feel, while the highest quality interior package features genuine Nappa leather upholstery in oriental brown that radiates an aura of warmth and depth.

2021 Mazda CX 9 interior

The unprecedentedly premium feel is reinforced by the sumptuous quality of the switches and controls, and on every surface you touch or that meets your eyes.

Seen from the outside, the cabin is sleek and compact. But from the inside, the CX-9 is roomy and welcoming, with the first and second row seating offering plenty of leg- and headroom for adults of almost any size with the third-row seats providing comfortable accommodation for children or even early teenagers.

The cockpit is dominated by a wide, horizontal dash that flows smoothly into the doors to emphasize the sense of space. This open sensation is further heightened by the graceful slope of the dashboard into the windscreen.

Complementing this is the high and wide centre console that creates cosier footwells without limiting space.

As befits a car segment quality leader, CX-9 is designed to be a smooth-riding haven of quiet comfort. In particular, the CX-9 is a warm welcome to quality and craftmanship, with focus placed on interior lighting and ambience, and upper trim levels feature a light show to welcome the driver into the car.

A total of six USB ports-two for each row seats-provides convenient connection and charging of phones, tablets and other small devices. What is more, passengers in the third row even enjoy the comfort of high-quality rear-door sunshades.

Mazda’s Proactive Safety philosophy is firmly grounded in a belief in the driver’s abilities, aiming to support safer driving while maintaining all the fun of the open road. Safer driving demands early recognition of potential hazards, good judgement and appropriate action, and Mazda works to support these essential functions so you drive securely and with peace of mind despite changing driving conditions.

First is an optimum driver environment with good visibility, well-positioned controls, easy-to-read instruments and minimal distractions. Next is i-activsense, a portfolio of active safety measures to incrementally warn the driver when a potentially dangerous situation is developing. This help avoid or reduce the severity of an accident when the driver alone cannot safely operate the vehicle. The features also maximize the range of conditions in which the driver can control the vehicle securely and comfortably.

2021 Mazda CX 9 infotainment

Finally, there is passive safety, designed to help protect occupants and minimize injuries should an accident occur.

These features include adaptive led headlights (ALH) which offers the driver greater support for recognizing potential hazards when driving at night, lane-keep assist system (LAS) a forward sensing camera that detects lane markings and assist the steering to keep the vehicle in its lane, lane departure warning system (LDWS) which senses lane markings and beeps to prompt timely steering corrections among other features.

The Mazda CX-9 is also enabled for complete and intuitive communication in real-time when the driver is on the road, through the advanced human-machine interface (HMI) which is extended to include the driving position, giving the driver a panoramic view of the road, with all instruments and controls placed to allow the driver to focus on careful and enjoyable driving, from his command position behind the steering wheel.

2021 Mazda CX 9 infotainment

Owning the new Mazda CX-9 offers the driver a distinction in daily life, at very affordable pricing. In other words, value for money. The CX-9 is all about making life richer and more rewarding, at half the price you will pay for, say a Porsche.

The new Mazda CX-9 churns the road on a bold, sharply designed 20-inch aluminium wheel rim to give added authority on the road that complements the CX-9’s dominating stance. The wheels are finished with high gloss paint, including newly adopted Silver Metallic, that contrasts with and enhances the texture of the metal.

The body colours boast of Mazda’s unique painting technology, with its unprecedented combination of colour, highlights, shade and depth, further emphasizing the sheer beauty and quality of the dynamic body shape. Available include soul red crystal metallic, deep crystal blue mica, machine grey metallic, titanium flash mica, sonic silver metallic and jet-black mica, among others.

Seat materials are all leather with a choice of Nappa in oriental brown, Silk Beige and black.

The CX-9 is powered by a 2.5 litre Turbo-charged Skyactiv-G engine, a showcase of advanced Mazda technology that emits the relaxed yet powerful torque of a 4.0-litre V8 while achieving best-in-class listed and real-world fuel economy, with best performance in the low-to mid-rpm range most drivers use most of the time.

2021 Mazda CX 9 engine

Engine performance is a maximum power of 250 HP at 5,000 rpm and 420Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm., transmitting power through Mazda’s new generation all-wheel-drive system, the i-ACTIV AWD, with an off-road traction assist on tap, to help the CX-9 get free when stuck in mud or sand or very soft soil.

In conclusion, the new Mazda CX-9 is a premium SUV and the ideal answer to all our family’s motoring -needs. More important, the CX-9 is a Mazda, benefitting from the Skyactiv Technology, Mazda’s ground breaking reappraisal of every single aspect of the automobile that challenges all preconceived notions of automotive engineering, and giving exhilarating, fun driving combined with unprecedented environmental and safety performance.

Before you spend a colossal sum of money on just a car badge, visit the Mazda showroom and check on this impossible dream SUV. You will not be disappointed.


Robert Gichuki

Mazda Brand Manager

Tel: +254-722 772 979

CMC Motor Group-Lusaka Road-Nairobi, KENYA.


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Dr. Hanningtone Gaya

Dr. Hanningtone Gaya

Kenya’s Dr Hanningtone Gaya, holds a PhD in Commerce in Business Management from Nelson Mandela University (NMU), is viewed as an authority in country branding and is the founder chairman of the Brand Kenya Board.

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