Only 60 units have been fully imported from Japan but with Australian specifications, which we are told will be taken as the Malaysian specs.
The CX-9 arrives with a 2.5-litre (2,488cc) SkyActiv-G petrol engine producing 228hp at 5,000rpm and 420Nm from 2,000rpm, while being managed by a SkyActiv Drive six-speed automatic gearbox with manual-shift mode.
Other than five colour options of Deep Crystal Blue, Jet Black, Machine Grey, Snowflake White Pearl and Sonic Silver, there’s also a choice where the power gets sent to.
The entry-level 2WD variant will cost RM289,571 while the range-topping all-wheel drive variant with a 4WD badge charges RM306,643.
Prices stated are on-the-road with GST and insurance and are accompanied by a five-year or 100,000km warranty as well as three years or 60,000km free maintenance.
The flagship SUV that seats seven has a 2,930mm wheelbase, while measuring 5,075mm-long, 1,969mm-wide and 1,747mm-tall - giving it 222mm of ground clearance and weighing in at 1,854kg (kerb).
With the third row seats up to fit seven passengers in total, the 810-litre boot space gets reduced to 230 litres.
Ground contact comes from 20-inch wheels with 255/50 series tyres - it also has a steel 17-inch spare wheel with a 185/80 series tyre, obscuring the ventilated disc brakes all around and the front MacPherson struts as well as the rear Multi-link suspension system.
There is no difference in terms of kit between the two variants, except for the 72-litre fuel tank increasing in capacity to 74 litres for the 4WD variant that picks up an additional 77kg of kerb heft at 1,931kg.
Both variants are equipped with LED lights for the front (with automatic levelling function), rear, daytime running lights, front fogs and rear light cluster. Only the rear fogs and reverse lights use bulbs.
They've also been equipped with automatic wipers, keyless entry with push-start button, automatic power folding external mirrors with integrated turn signals, sunroof (glass) with slide and tilt function, shark-fin antenna, roof spoiler, powered tailgate and dual polished exhaust tips for the exterior.
Inside, the leather wrapped cabin features an electronic parking brake, leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with audio, bluetooth hands-free and cruise controls, heads-up display and a 4.6-inch colour TFT LCD multi-information instrument cluster for the driver.
There's also Sport-mode, one-touch power windows with anti-pinch function, tri-zone climate controls, rear air-conditioning vents, two 12V outlets (one at front passenger side and another in the cargo area) and rear door manual sun shades.
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While the driver gets a 10-way power-adjustable seat with two memory slots, the passenger is allotted a six-way powered seat instead.
Entertainment comes from an 8.0-inch full-colour touchscreen MZD Connect infotainment system display with reverse camera, navigation, four USB ports and an AUX-input jack sends sound signals to the 12 Bose speakers, while the unit can also be controlled via voice command or the multi-function Commander Control dial.
For safety, both CX-9 variants are equipped with six airbags, anti-lock braking system, dynamic stability control, electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency brake assist, traction control, emergency stop signal, speed-sensing auto-lock, walk away lock, hill-start assist and ISOFIX anchor points.
To further bolster safety levels, there's also adaptive LED headlights, blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver attention alert and smart city brake support for both front and rear.