Mazda is choosing the Australian International Motor Show held in Sydney this October to showcase its update to its popular three-row CX-9 crossover. Updates for the 2013 model year are mostly cosmetic in nature, with the CX-9 getting a new nose reflecting the brand's "Kodo - Soul of Motion" design language, and bearing more than a little resemblance to its little brother CX-5. LED driving lights are incorporated into the new headlamp assemblies, and what appear to be projector beam or HID headlights.

Mazda has not yet released rear-angle photos of the refresh, but the 2013 CX-9 appears largely unchanged from the A-pillar aft. Interior photos have also not been released yet, and it's possible that the interior changes could be more extensive than changes to the exterior styling.

Unchanged are the engine and powertrain, with the 3.7-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic still the sole powertrain offering. Output figures have not yet been released, but the current model produces 273 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, and it's likely those numbers will carry over for 2013.

Since its introduction, the CX-9 has set the bar for three-row crossover handling and driving dynamics, proving performance and practicality in a large SUV weren't mutually exclusive. The CX-9 has long been a favorite of Truck Trend, having taken our Sport/Utility of the Year award in 2008. The updated CX-9 is likely to make its U.S. appearance at the 2012 Los Angeles auto Show this November.

Source: Mazda