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January 31, 2022

Here's Your First Look At The Philippine Spec 2022 Mazda CX-9

Early this month, Mazda Philippines launched the 2022 CX-9. The refreshed 7-seater flagship SUV saw both aesthetic and detail changes for the new year. For those who’ve placed their reservations, they’d be happy to know that the first batch of units are currently heading their way to authorized Mazda dealerships nationwide. But before that happens, we got an invitation to view these 2022 CX-9s up close.

As a refresher, all variants of the 2022 CX-9 remain powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine. Unlike other turbocharged engines, this engine can actually run on regular 91-octane fuel. In this guise, it makes 231 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. New for 2022 though is the addition of i-stop—Mazda’s idle start/stop system which should improve fuel consumption in stop-and-go traffic. All variants also come with a standard 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters and Sport mode.

Despite its size, the CX-9 stays true to Mazda’s fun-to-drive ethos and for 2022, all variants come with G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus). This system improves stability by lightly applying braking force to the outer wheel as the steering wheel is returned to the center position. The sole AWD variant adds Off-Road Traction Assist. The system, first introduced in the CX-30, improves the CX-9’s off-road prowess (read more about Off-Road Traction Assist).

From just two variants before, Mazda has added a new high-grade 2WD called the CX-9 Black Edition. As its name implies, it has high-gloss black elements such as the grille, side mirrors, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the CX-9 Black Edition has Burgundy leather seats and red stitching on the steering wheel. This is complemented by its high-gloss piano black trim and accents. Features include power adjustable front seats (8-way for the driver, 6-way for the passenger) with built-in ventilation, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, and a 9.2-inch Mazda Connect infotainment screen with a wireless charger and wireless Apple CarPlay.

For added safety, the CX-9 Black Edition has a 360-degree camera as well as i-Activsense which bundles Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The electronic parking brake now has an auto hold function as well.

Sitting atop the CX-9 Black Edition is the CX-9 AWD Exclusive. It is, without a doubt, built for the discerning executive and for that has a gray metallic front grille, bright-finished 20-inch alloy wheels, and larger tailpipe finishers.

Inside, it has all the features found in the CX-9 Black Edition but swaps its Burgundy seats for Oriental Brown Nappa leather seats with a diamond-stitched pattern and contrasting white piping. The same brown stitching makes its way onto the steering wheel as well. Real Santos Rosewood is also used to adorn the interior, replacing the high-gloss black trim in the CX-9 Black Edition. Other changes include a frameless rear-view mirror and a textured knurled finish on the aluminum dash trim.

Further improving its long-distance driving comfort, the CX-9 AWD Exclusive also has adaptive radar cruise control. It also has Smart City Brake Support for the front and back, reducing the probability of collisions with oncoming vehicles in and out of parking spaces, and a Driver Attention Alert.

The 2022 Mazda CX-9 is available in eight colors: Snowflake White Pearl, Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, Sonic Silver, Machine Gray, Soul Red Crystal, Titanium Flash, Polymetal Gray. It is priced as follows:
  • CX-9 Touring 2WD – P 2,490,000
  • CX-9 Black Edition 2WD – P 2,790,000
  • CX-9 AWD Exclusive – P 2,990,000


  1. "Other changes include a frameless rear-view mirror, a textured knurled finish on the aluminum dash trim, and a frameless rear-view mirror." Sobra na ata yung rear view mirror naging dalawa na haha

    1. Thanks for pointing that out. Corrected that typo.

  2. This will give the buyers a choice between the Touring 2WD vs the CX8 AWD

  3. Not sure if the CX-9 Touring 2WD has enough safety features to attract buyers.


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