There will be a PHEV option in the new CX-90
The new CX-90 will be revealed on January 31
The PHEV option will be as powerful as this straight-six alternative.
At the end of January, Mazda will unveil its new three-row crossover, the 2024 CX-90. The CX-9’s replacement is expected to raise the bar in Mazda’s camp, as the utility-oriented vehicle will be the first in the North American lineup to take advantage of the new Large platform designed for the quartet of midsize SUVs Mazda intends to bring to market in the coming months.
In fact, the first of the group is already sold on European soil, the CX-60, which won’t be crossing the Atlantic, and the same goes for the larger CX-80, which has yet to be unveiled. Finally, the CX-70 will join the CX-90 in a few months to bridge the gap between the large utility vehicles and the compact lineup.
To that end, strategists have released this second image of the CX-90, which appears to show an SUV with a more assertive stance, much like the European CX-60 for that matter. With this platform based on its rear-wheel drive architecture, the CX-90 is also likely to have sports car proportions, i.e. a long hood and a cabin that is set back as far as possible.
Mazda also revealed the first details about the new inline 6-cylinder engine that will support the electrification effort for this new CX-90. Mazda has already confirmed the arrival of a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with a 129 kW (or 173 horsepower) electric motor-generator and a 17.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. In total, this mechanical configuration delivers 327 horsepower and 378 ft-lb of torque.
But in this case, the new turbocharged inline-6 engine has a displacement of 3.3 liters, while output is 340 horsepower and 369 ft-lb of torque. Aided by a lightweight 48-volt hybrid system, the aptly named e-SkyActiv Turbo generates these numbers when fueled by premium gasoline. The automaker also boasts that it has delivered a mechanical package that delivers a rewarding engine note and an appealing driving experience. Unsurprisingly, the CX-90 will come with the brand’s all-wheel drive system, but with this rear-wheel drive platform, it’s likely to be different from what Mazda has been offering for the past few decades.
We will get more details on January 31 when Mazda finally lifts the veil on its new 2024 CX-90.