Mazda unveiled an updated CX-9 ahead of the three-row SUV's official debut at next month's Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. The automaker will launch the car Down Under later this year, but full details are still forthcoming. It will all but certainly show up in the U.S., which is a major CX-9 market, as a 2013 or 2014 model.
The SUV adopts the same Kodo design language as the smaller CX-5, with a taller grille whose framing branches into the headlights. The interplay looks good, but the CX-9's sizable front overhang diminishes some of the sportiness. Mazda promises improved "craftsmanship and interior design," which was already exemplary in the current car. But the automaker has yet to show interior photos.