The Tribune (NZ) - - MID WEEK MOTORING -

Mazda New Zealand re­cently gave Kiwi food­ies a pre­view look at the all-new CX-9 SUV, at The Food Show in Auck­land last week­end.

At the event the com­pany an­nounced that the CX-9 would be com­ing into NZ in two spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els - GSX (FWD and AWD) and Limited (AWD only).

All mod­els with come with seven leather seats and Mazda’s brand-new tur­bocharged 2.5-litre four-cylin­der petrol en­gine that pro­duces 170kW of power and 420Nm of torque. There’s no diesel ver­sion. ‘‘The big fo­cus for the devel­op­ment of this en­gine was about real world ef­fi­cien­cies,’’ says Glenn Har­ris, Mazda NZ gen­eral man­ager of ve­hi­cle sales and mar­ket­ing.

‘‘We be­lieve we’ve got diesel­like per­for­mance from this car, but with­out all the ex­tra add-ons that come with diesel.

The Mazda per­for­mance is there, but so is the ef­fi­ciency.

The av­er­age fuel econ­omy fig­ure is 8.4 litres per 100km and that is the real-world ef­fi­ciency on this car.’’

The Mazda CX-9 will be launched at the start of Oc­to­ber.

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