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The Mazda CX-9 is only a couple of years old but that hasn't stopped the company from announcing a series of updates to the 2018 model.

Set to go on sale later this month, the updated CX-9 comes equipped with several newly standard safety systems including Smart City Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The company didn't focus exclusively on safety as the crossover also features G-Vectoring Control. According to Mazda, "GVC uses the engine in conjunction with steering and throttle inputs to minutely reduce engine torque, putting more weight on the front wheels and making the steering feel more linear and direct." The company says this provides drivers with more confidence and control.

Elsewhere, Mazda equipped with the 2018 CX-9 will additional sound insulation and an improved second-row seat that promises to be more comfortable. The second-row seat has also been designed to provide easier access to the third-row.

Power continues to be provided by a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that produces up to 250 hp (186 kW) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. The engine is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 will be priced from $32,130 which excludes a destination and handling fee of up to $985.

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