Mazda is slowly but surely wiping its smiley Nagare design language from the faces of its automobiles, and it appears that the seven-passenger CX-9 is the next to get the bolder Kodo-influenced treatment. The 2013 CX-9 you see here will officially bow at the Australian International Motor Show in mid-October, but Mazda has released a few preliminary images and details regarding the big CUV's refresh.

Now, as much as we like the design of the new CX-5 crossover and Mazda6 sedan, we aren't quite sure if we love the way the new Kodo lines flow onto the CX-9's larger body. The more we stare at the images in the gallery above, the more we start to like it, but this is indeed a case where we'll need to see the finished product in person before making any final judgments. We can't yet see what sort of changes have been applied to the rear end or the interior, but new details up front include LED running lights in the headlamp clusters and bolder, more pronounced lines around the foglamp housings.

Mum's the word about any other new-for-2013 changes, and Mazda states that the current CX-9's 3.7-liter V6 and six-speed automatic will carry over, likely mated to both front- and all-wheel drive.

We'll no doubt receive more details closer to the car's official unveiling in Australia next month, but for now, scroll down to read the official press blast and scroll through the high-res image gallery to take in the Niner's new schnoz for yourself.
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2013 Mazda CX-9 World Premiere at Australian International Motor Show

- Incorporating elements of KODO design with Mazda's new family face -

HIROSHIMA, Japan-Mazda Motor Corporation will hold the world premiere of the refreshed Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show.

Held in Sydney, the 2012 Australian International Motor Show begins October 18 and runs through to October 28, 2012. The 2013 CX-9 will be launched in Australia later this year.

Mazda CX-9 is a crossover sport-utility SUV featuring a distinctive sporty appearance, a high-quality cabin, the flexibility of three-rows, and Mazda's exciting "Zoom-Zoom" driving dynamics. The current CX-9 has sold over 210,000 units* in 74 countries, including North America and Australia, as Mazda's range-topping SUV.

The 2013 Mazda CX-9 carries over the utility and dynamic driving performance of the current model while adopting Mazda's "KODO - Soul of Motion" design theme at the front and rear for even sportier styling and stronger presence. Enhancements in craftsmanship and interior design further the feeling of quality and refinement. With regard to equipment, the infotainment system features the latest audio, navigation and speech-recognition systems based on the Human Machine Interface (HMI) which is intuitive to use. In addition, advanced active-safety features, such as Forward Obstruction Warning System, Lane Departure Warning System, and High Beam Control System, help drivers recognize and avoid danger.

As with the current model, the 2013 CX-9 features the MZI 3.7-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission for powerful and refined driving pleasure.

The all-new Mazda6 (known as Atenza in Japan) will also make its Australian premiere in Sydney. It is the second of Mazda's new generation of products that adopt the full range of SKYACTIV technologies and the KODO - Soul of Motion design theme. It is the first model to be equipped with Mazda's unique brake energy regeneration system, i-ELOOP.

The 2012 Australian International Motor Show will open to the press on October 18, and to the public from October 19 to 28, 2012. Mazda will hold its press conference on the morning of Thursday, October 18 from 9:12 to 9:22 local time.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      conservative but good look, which is exactly what you want in this segment, nice work
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mazda needs to put a 3.0 V6 diesel in this!
        • 2 Years Ago
        They need to bring a SkyActive diesel stateside in at least one or two of their vehicles. Look at that new Cayenne from Porsche, that diesel engine shows good fuel economy for something heavy and large. There is potential in having one here in the US.
          • 2 Years Ago
          The CX-5 gets 53 mpg with the 2.2 diesel so I assume a 3.0 V6 diesel would get in the mid 40's (hopefully).
      • 2 Years Ago
      I actually like it. It looks very mature, and I could see this crossover appealing to a lot more men. The JX is very nice, but it's also too soft. This CX-9 butches the category up a bit. +1 for me.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I dont think the front end is bad, in fact it looks like an Infiniti front end. I have always liked the CX-9. Its one of those cars thats underrated and almost forgotten about but its honestly a great product with no gimmicks and does many things very well. I'm glad to see it soldier on.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks much better than the current 2012 CX-9, I thought the Nagre refresh was awful. The original CX-9 was very handsome when it came out in 2007. My biggest hope is that they offer this car with a diesel...I would love a 7 passenger SUV that gets 30+ mpg. Make it happen Mazda!
        • 2 Years Ago
        Also, it would be great if they could drop the weight of the CX-5 by 10% to get it under 4000 lbs.
      Loren Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      You cant just slap on the design language on the front and not carry it out though the body of the vechicle. There needs to be some design language in the body panels back to the rear taillights.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Loren Smith
        Easier said than done when you are a small company with limited resources like Mazda.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still my favorite Large SUV!
      • 2 Years Ago
      after looking at the photo then scrolling down to see the bmw 1 series, they both seems to look alike. now i know where mazda got their inspiration.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh wow, that's beautiful! Mazda does mature styling much better than companies like volkswagen.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The lack of Ford's design direction is clearly evident - in a bad way.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Such a drastic change for the front fascia really contrasts the lack of changes to the rest of the body. It looks odd to me for that reason. That said, the front end is SOOOO much better than the current generation.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I wouldn't be surprised if Mazda carried over the rest of the sheetmetal; they aren't exactly flush with cash at the moment.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yes! The rest of the car needs a thorough rework as well. This is likely all they can afford at the moment, however, and it's a great start but clearly not enough (for me, anyway).
        • 2 Years Ago
        I made this same comment when the new front end was crafted onto the GMC Acadia I wish they would have tackled the full package. they almost did as bad with the new 6, the front is great, the wagon is great, but the sedan looks to have kept the same side view and it does not all link together that well.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Alright! Mazda has finally rediscovered their design language. THIS is a Mazda. I'm glad they're no longer quite as smiley as the current ones. This is much much more athletic and cohesive. I'm afraid it won't age well and it will quickly blend in with the crowd. Guaranteed Mazda will start selling a lot more CX-9's!
        • 2 Years Ago
        I like the way this CX-9 looks, it has a more upscale appearance as befits a large SUV. Definitely better than the smiley face of the current gen.
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