The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is here, and it's considerably more alluring than the 2019 model year SUV.

It is anything but a full redesign, however, Mazda shook up the highlights list to make it more ambitious than three-row crossovers. Most eminent (conceivably) of all changes originate from a little increment in torque — the 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gets bumped from 310 pound-feet of torque to 320 pound-feet. Horsepower continues as before at 250 horses. Those figures are only applicable when utilizing 93 octane fuel. They go down to 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when on 87.

Another new component is an off-road traction assist button, replacing the traction control button. This new element is intended to help when navigating rougher terrain. Here's the way Mazda portrays its capacity:  “When the diagonal wheels lose traction, off-road traction assist will stop reducing the engine torque and increases the brake force on the wheels without traction. This transfers power to the wheels still on the ground to help allow the vehicle to regain traction and continue the drive.” We'll be intrigued to perceive how this helps the CX-9 on a cold Michigan winter day soon.

The quantity of standard highlights on the base Sport trim is up, as well. Currently, all CX-9s get heated front seats, a power driver's seat, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated outside mirrors and auto high-beams. Furthermore, Mazda made its full suite of I-Activsense wellbeing highlights standard. This incorporates adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and other driver assistance comforts. Mazda is likewise embracing the new key fob design of the Mazda3 for the CX-9.

Optional on the Touring and Grand Touring are second-row captain's chairs. Already, Mazda just offered bench-style seating for the CX-9, so this expansion could be a tremendous turn-on for certain people in this fragment. The chairs have armrests, and the absence of a center pull-down means Mazda needed to redesign its cupholder format toward the rear. In CX-9s outfitted with the chairs, the cup holders and USB ports are presently coordinated into the backside of the front center console. In case that you decide on the captain's chairs in the Grand Touring or Signature trims, the seats are heated.

Pricing increases a decent measure for the 2020 CX-9. A base front-wheel-drive Sport is currently evaluated at $34,835 including destination, a $1,510 increase from a year ago's base cost. The highest point of the range just got $750 increasingly costly, however, as the Signature begins at $47,160. Another purpose behind the cost increase is Mazda's new prepaid two-year 30,000-mile maintenance plan it's executing with the CX-9. Mazda says the maintenance cost is presently incorporated into the price tag. Search for 2020 Mazda CX-9s to start on sale at some point this fall.