Mazda's brand-new CX-9 is packed with some great tech features.
With a larger 8 inch MZD connect screen giving you access to satellite navigation, phone connectivity and entertainment.
CX-9 also includes a 12 speaker Bose sound system, USB ports in the rear seats and remote access.
There’s also a full-colour active driving display and a whole lot more.
The Sport model has a 7-inch screen while the Touring, GT and Azami models get the larger 8-inch MZD connect screen.
With an easy-to-use menu system you can pair your phone and your social feeds to Facebook and Twitter.
You can even control the CX-9s premium Bose 12 speakers sound system, with a subwoofer in the back and a digital amplifier they turn this car into a virtual concert hall no matter which seat you’re sitting in.
The layout of the controls is all to create the most comfortable experience for the driver, from the positioning of the multi-function commander, to the location of the arm rests and the active driving display which has been totally reinvented.
Relevant information like speed, navigation, street names and safety alerts are all projected onto the windscreen in full colour.
The projection is four degrees below the line of sight allowing you, the driver, to focus on the road ahead.
Some other great features you have access to from the driver’s seat, radar cruise control, power seats with memory function and heated seats.
But the features don’t stop in the front. In the rear you have two USB charging ports, in the second row centre armrest.
You can also connect electronic devices, making it easier for those long family drives where the entertainment in the back can last the whole journey.
There are also integrated blinds in the rear doors and climate control for the rear passengers.
Brand-new CX-9 is packed with technology and entertainment keeping the whole family connected.
Mazda's brand-new CX-9 has been fully redesigned from the ground up.
With the introduction of Mazda Skyactiv-G 2.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine, with its dynamic pressure turbo system, the brand-new CX-9 is Mazdas most powerful family SUV yet.
With a 170 kilowatts of power and 420 newton meters of torque, the cx-9 delivers excellent dynamic performance, especially in that low to mid rev range.
Now all that low down torque is perfect for towing and there is still plenty of extra power when you need it the most.
Now you might think with all that power in such a large SUV that the cx-9 would chew through the fuel but, it’s not actually the case.
Mazdas SKYACTIV technology delivers fuel economy figures as low as 8.4 litres per a hundred kilometers in the front wheel drive models, and 8.8 litres per hundred kilometers in the all-wheel-drive models.
Traditionally with turbo engines there is quite often a lag in response from the moment you put your foot down to when the turbo speeds up, but Mazda’s world-first dynamic pressure turbo system dramatically reduces that lag meaning as soon as you put your foot down, the power is there when you need it.
Couple that with the new chassis offering greater stiffness and flexibility thanks to Mazda SKYACTIV technology you get a much more sporty and dynamic feel.
Everything has been thought out, from why use it to the position of the active driving display, all to help create the ultimate driving experience.
This CX-9 was designed for the modern-day parent, someone that’s looking for an SUV that ticks all the boxes for the family yet looks fantastic and delivers a superior driving performance.
You’ll buy it for your family, but you’ll end up driving it for yourself.
Mazda have always placed a high emphasis on safety and the brand-new CX-9 has taken a forward leap with the technologies it now uses to help keep you, and your family safe on the road.
Packed inside is a redesigned active driving display and mazda’s latest iACTIVSENSE safety technologies, like advanced blind-spot monitoring, smart city brake support and radar cruise control now with a stop-and-go function.
All these features contributing to the CX-9s five-star ancap safety rating.
And, to top it all off, there’s some smartly designed creature comforts.
One of the latest changes to the suite of iACTIVSENSE safety technologies, is that mazda’s radar cruise control now has stop go function.
The radar cruise works by automatically adjusting your set cruise control speed when you approach a slower-moving car in traffic.
It maintains a set safe traveling distance which you set with the controls on the steering wheel.
The stop-go function works in heavy traffic by bringing your car to a complete stop, then accelerating away when the vehicle in front begins to move.
There’s also advanced blind-spot monitoring which detects vehicles in your adjacent lanes up to 50 meters away.
The system will alert you if there is a vehicle in or approaching your blind spots.
Other technologies include lane departure warning, which alerts you if you start to drift outside of your lane, and also corrects your steering to help keep you centered.
And then there’s rear cross-traffic alert, which comes in very handy in shopping centre car parks.
Another great piece of technology is the brand-new cx-9 adaptive LED headlamps.
These help to keep you both seen and safe when you’re driving on the road at night.
Each headlamp has four blocks of LED lights within it, and when approaching traffic is detected by the camera on the wind screen, the system automatically dims the appropriate blocks of light, giving you maximum illumination on the road ahead but, without blinding the other road users.
Brand-new CX-9 is also available with mazda’s iACTIV all-wheel-drive system and, features like traction control, abs and, airbags as standard across the range.
Whether it’s hitting the open road or a busy city commute, mazda’s brand-new CX-9 is helping keep you, and your family safe.
Mazda have a rapidly growing reputation for their safety and technology advancements, and the Active Driving Display or Heads Up Display is a new feature not to be missed. Mazdas Active Driving Display is featured in selected models of Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda CX-3 small SUV and the brand-new Mazda CX-9.
Bring a whole new meaning to safe driving. Mazdas Heads Up Display allows the driver to keep full and uninterrupted focus on the road and potential hazards, without the need to look away to check speed and navigation information as was a must in the past.
Don’t spend thousands extra buying top spec car models just to get a heads up display. For under $100 the Discover HUD will project your speed and other car information to your windscreen in your direct line of sight just as well, if not better than a factory fitted accessory.
Mazdas Active Driving Display shows important driving information like current speed, next turn directions from the satellite navigation and safety alerts.
It’s positioned directly in front of the driver which means it feeds you all the information without you needing to take your eyes off the road.
You can adjust the height at the display to match your eye-line. From the MZD connect menu go to Settings, AD-Display, select height, then rotate the command to adjust the height.
From the AD-Display tab you can set additional functions such as brightness control, setting it to either automatic adjustment or manual. And Calibration.
You can deactivate or active whether the system displays navigation and speed information, allowing complete control over your driving experience.
More information about the active driving display see your owner’s manual.
Over 95 percent in the world uses petrol and diesel combustion engines now and even by 2020, ninety percent still will be, that leaves only ten percent using alternatives.
Car’s that run on electric, hydrogen and biofuels have potential, and we’re working on alternatives to. But the solutions most car makers have come up with so far, either offer up the driving exhilaration of a couple of squirrels on a treadmill, or are so expensive they’re just not realistic for most people.
To really affect global fuel consumption and emissions right now, you have to use something the globe actually uses right now.
Rethink the combustion engine, make it better and accessible to everyone, and you make a difference, a big difference.
How big? Consider that current combustion engines waste about 70 percent of the fuel’s potential energy. That’s a lot of room for improvement.
Our overall goal was to get 15 percent better fuel economy and a 15 percent improvement in low midrange talk from the same engine, all on regular fuel.
Two enormous guerrillas stood in our way. The First was figuring out how to capture more energy from the fuel.
To achieve this, we knew we had to raise the compression ratio which gives this a bigger power stroke in the combustion chamber.
The higher the compression ratio, the more energy you get from the combustion. But a high compression ratio usually ends up causing knock, which is when the air/fuel mixture ignites too soon, because it’s too hot inside the Chamber, so we had to cool things off.
Using some huge engineering muscle we came up with innovative solutions to do just that. Like a high-pressure 6 hold direct fuel injector, that fires petrol into the cylinder in stages for more stable air/fuel mixture, and a little volcano like pocket in the piston that gives the early part of the explosion a place to go without heating up the top of the piston.
To get all the hot exhaust out without shooting into the other cylinders which only heats things up again, we added a longer exhaust manifold used in racecars called a header.
Everyday cars don’t use headers because of the emission problems they create, but our advanced direct injection system solved that issue too.
That’s how we got more energy from the fuel.
The second gorilla was making sure we weren’t losing any of those improvements on the way to the wheels. So we reduced friction inside the engine by a whopping thirty percent. How? by sweating every little detail.
We improved oil pump efficiency by 74 percent and water pump efficiency by 31 percent, reduced friction from the moving parts like the pistons, rods and crank shaft by 25 percent.
Reduced valve train friction by 54 percent, and even reduce the effort the engine exerts to suck in fresh air by 13 percent.
When it was all over, we had done what couldn’t be done, achieving more talk better, performance and higher efficiency.
Congratulations Rudolf Diesel, the engine you invented in 1893 has come a long way. No longer sootie clattering workhorses, today’s diesel engines are quiet, durable and cleaner than ever.
They’re also around 30 percent more fuel-efficient than comparable petrol engines, yet deliver much more talk and power.
With these improvements came compromises. To run their high combustion pressures, conventional diesels need heavy, industrial strength parts that sap driving performance. And cleaning up their nitrogen oxide emissions often requires costly aftertreatment systems.
So we saw a big opportunity to create more torque, better fuel economy, less weight and lower emissions.
First we dropped the compression ratio to the lowest in the world for a diesel, 14:1 this delays combustion by just half a millisecond, which is enough time for the air and fuel to mix more thoroughly, reducing hot spots of oxygen and fuel that would otherwise turn into pollutants.
Bingo, our combustion is so clean that we meet the toughest emission standards without an expensive nitrogen oxide aftertreatment system.
And while low compression would normally mean a loss in efficiency, we actually improved it, because our clean slate approach allows us to optimize the combustion timing which gives us a longer effected expansion stroke.
Another challenge with low compression diesels is getting ignition going when the engine is not warmed up, so we use ultra-high pressure piezo fuel injectors that are so fast and powerful they create a rich air fuel mixture that’s easier to ignite. Then, a patented variable valve lift system recycles hot exhaust gases back into the combustion chamber to quickly warm the engine up.
Best of all, our engines low compression ratio doesn’t require the usual heavy industrial grade parts. As a result the engines weight was slashed by 10 percent.
By using a lighter crank and pistons, and an aluminium block rather than cast iron. This allows us to build lighter, more balanced vehicles with much better handling.
Mechanical friction was also decreased, resulting in lower fuel consumption and an exceptionally high red line of 5200 rpm.
When we were done we, had created a beast with much more torque at low and high speeds, yet twenty percent lower fuel consumption than its predecessor.
The SKYACTIV-D 2.2 liter twin-turbo diesel, delivers the driving performance of a 4 litre V8, the cleanliness of the latest clean petrol engines, and the fuel economy a hybrid.
With such dramatic improvements, Mr Diesel himself might not recognize it, but no doubt, he’d love to drive it.
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Mazda’s new MZD Connect satellite navigation system is industry leading, boasting highest quality and accuracy while easier to use than ever before.
3 years of free map updates are provided by Mazda, providing you with the most accurate and enjoyable driving experience.
Map updates are released twice a year, once in the months between March to May and September to November.
This will show you how to update the maps of the MZD connect system.
To complete this update you will need, the SD card from your Mazda, a computer, and an SDHC compatible card reader.
In your vehicle, remove the SD card that stores the map files. Go to mazda.com.au, select owners in the top menu, scroll down and select MZD connect.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select navigation, select update my maps. Download the Mazda toolbox application, and install.
Open Mazda toolbox, insert the SD card into the SDHC card reader.
Register your details in your Mazda toolbox. Once successful, you’ll receive an email to confirm your registration.
Returned back to your Mazda toolbox and click on available updates, then select Install. Enter a name to backup your data. Mazda toolbox will then download and update the maps on the SD card.
When your SD card has been successfully updated, please insert your SD card back into your vehicle to enjoy Mazda’s latest map updates.
The genuine Mazda audio retractable lightning cable, allows you to play music from your iPhone or iPod, through your Mazdas audio system.
The cable streams track data, so you can easily see track and artist information on your MZD connect screen.
You can safely store your device in the centre console, and use the car’s controls to navigate through your music library.
This makes it easy to select specific playlists, artists, albums or songs while driving.
The cable automatically charges your device when the car is running.
A similar cable is also available with a micro USB for Android Phones. The retractable design of the cable keeps it neat and tangle-free, covered by Mazda warranty.
Mazdas USB audio cable is a must for music enthusiasts as cable connection offers higher quality audio than Bluetooth streaming.
Safety of both passengers and their driver is a topic becoming more and more important when deciding on which new car to purchase. With tens of thousands of people injured in car accidents every year in NSW alone, it’s good to know Mazda have taken driving safety seriously.
Mazda pride themselves on owning some of the safest car on the international market, and understanding just how Mazda’s Advanced Impact Distribution and Absorption System works will put you at ease no matter where you are driving or the conditions you may encounter.
A carefully engineered and successfully tested safety system used in applicable Mazda vehicles offering superior safety to all occupants. This highly intelligent system contributes to Mazda’s renowned 5 star ANCAP rating, and is a contributing factor to Mazda’s No.1 sales by retail units.
The system uses a triple-H frame design incorporated into the car’s body to create a “built-in roll cage”, and features high tensile steels which are both stronger and lighter than standard.
During a collision, impact forces can damage a vehicle’s structure, causing serious injury to occupants. The purpose of MAIDAS is to resist cabin deformation while absorbing and distributing these impact forces away from occupants. Protecting them from possible injury.
So, how does it work? In the cabin, three high tensile steel frames, connect to form the triple-H occupant safety cell. This structure is further strengthened by underfloor cross members and roof reinforcements.
This structure redirects front, side and rear impact forces away from occupants, and resist deformation during rollover. In the event a frontal collision, the steering column collapses, while an intrusion minimizing brake pedal swings forward, towards the front of the vehicle.
These mechanisms increase the cabin survival space, and reduce the chance of occupant injury.
During frontal collisions, a perimeter frame absorbs and redirects forces to the triple-H occupant safety cell, and away from occupants.
During side collisions, impact bars and the triple-H occupant safety cell in the B pillars and floor also absorb and redirect impact force away from occupants.
MZD connect features the latest Mazda satellite navigation. To set a destination simply select navigation on the screen or press the NAV button on the commander. Select new destination from the menu at the bottom of the screen, then, find address.
Enter the town, suburb or postcode then street name and number. If you’d like to navigate to the town center without selecting a street name and number, select the town centre option. You can also navigate to businesses and services nearby.
To do this, select new destination, then find places and enter the business name or browse through the categories and then select a destination.
To save a destination as a favourite, first select new destination and enter the address by selecting find address, and then enter the address. Use the touchscreen or rotate the commander dial to scroll down to add to favourites.
To save the address of one of your phone contacts as a favourite, first you need to pair your phone via bluetooth then select new destination, favourites, add navigation favourites, add from contact, select the contact you’d like to use then confirm the address and select save as favourite.
To navigate to the address of one of your phone contacts first, select communication, then select contacts. Scroll to the contact and select their address.
Note that your contacts address will need to be saved into your phone for that option to be available, but for more information on using your phone, navigation and the MZD connect system see your owner’s manual.
Mazda Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system is designed to assist the driver by monitoring the rear blind spots on both sides of the vehicle, in certain situations, such as when changing lanes on roads and freeways.
The BSM system uses radar sensors which monitor the detection areas on both rear sides of the vehicle, when the vehicle speed is approx. 32 km/h or more, it then notifies the driver of any vehicles in the detection area by illuminating the BSM warning light.
Working at a distance of up to 8 metres behind the vehicle, when the system detects a car in your hazard zones or “blind spots”, it displays a solid indication lamp on the side mirror associated to the side the hazard is on.
If you indicate to change lanes, you will be alerted by a warning beep set off by the system and the indication light in the side mirror will begin to flash, warning that it is unsafe to change lanes.
The alert beep volume can be adjusted or turned off via settings in the MZD connect system. Simply go to the settings application, scroll across to the safety tab and select Blind Spot Monitoring Volume from the list. This will allow you to set to high, low or switch off.
If you would like to switch off the Blind Spot Monitoring System completely. This can be done by pressing the button on the lower right hand side of the dash as shown in the image. Pressing again will turn BSM on again.
With Mazda taking a serious focus on safety, the Blind Spot Monitoring System is a well crafted feature. Offering peace of mind when driving in high traffic or low visibility areas.
I have also had feedback from customers who have experienced assistance from BSM in severe weather such as rains and fog.
Currently the feature is a standard in certain top of the range models such as Mazda 3 Astina, Mazda 6 Atenza, CX-3 Akari, CX-5 Akera and CX-9 Grand Touring. Blind Spot Monitoring is also available as a safety pack option on other models of the Mazda 3, 6, CX-3 and CX-5 range.