Mazda has announced that it will be unveiling its 2013 CX-9 crossover SUV at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show, October 18 - 28. Highlighting a stouter “refreshed” design than the 2012 CX-9, the latest version has a more aggressive front that’s all bumps and forward-thrusting angles.

It’s the second of the latest Mazda cars to use the full range of the company’s SKYACTIV technologies to improve fuel efficiency. In addition, the 2013 CX-9 uses Mazda’s regenerative braking system called i-ELOOP, which uses capacitors to recover braking energy electrically rather than through flywheels.

Safety features includes a suite of assisted driving features such as Mazda’s Forward Obstruction Warning System, Lane Departure Warning System and a High Beam Control System that automatically dips the headlamps when a vehicle is sensed approaching in the opposite lane.

Under the bonnet, the 2013 CX-9 retains the MZI V6 3.7-liter petrol engine with a six-speed automatic gearbox putting out 273 bhp (204 kW) and 366 Nm (270 ft-lb) of torque at 4,250 rpm. Fuel consumption is rated at a modest 12.7 liters per 100 kilometers (18.5 mpg) city and 8.4 l/100 km (28 mpg) highway. Backing this up is a Macpherson front suspension and multilink rear suspension. The end result is 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a leisurely 7.9 seconds, but the top speed makes up for this at 225 km/h (140 mph).

Source: Mazda