All-new Mazda CX-90 unveiled with turbo inline-six, plug-in hybrid options
After an extended teaser campaign, Mazda has fully revealed its new flagship SUV. Say hello to the 2023 Mazda CX-90, and it's powered by the brand's most powerful turbo-gasoline engine yet.
At the heart of the CX-90 is a 3.3-liter e-SkyActiv turbo-gasoline inline-six that Mazda claims has the highest horsepower and torque from a mass-produced motor. It cranks out 345 PS with 500 Nm of torque and benefits from mild-hybrid tech via an electric motor placed between the engine and the transmission.
Speaking of transmissions, the CX-90 is equipped with an 8-speed automatic gearbox specifically made for longitudinal powertrains and Mazda's new large platform vehicles. What's different about this particular gearbox, however, is that it doesn't have a torque converter. Mazda says this allows the 8-speed to achieve smoother and more direct acceleration while also improving drivetrain efficiency.
Aside from a turbocharged inline-six, the CX-90 is also available with a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated e-SkyActiv inline-four plug-in hybrid (PHEV). It has a combined system output of 327 PS with 500 Nm of torque thanks to an electric motor powered by a 17.8 kWh battery. If those figures look familiar, that's because it's the same PHEV powertrain found in the smaller CX-60. And like the inline-six turbo-powered variant, the PHEV version is also mated to the aforementioned 8-speed automatic.
Design-wise, the exterior of the CX-90 is reminiscent of the CX-60 albeit sporting a bolder and more luxurious finish. It has sleek curves and rounded edges which give the flagship SUV a cleaner look. It also gets chrome garnishes on the lower bumpers as well as huge 21-inch alloy wheels that further highlight the vehicle's width and strong on-road presence.
Last but not least is a unique exterior paint finish called Artisan Red. This particular hue has been developed specifically to suit the CX-90 and provides a sophisticated and saturated color to the vehicle's performance and refinement.
Step inside the CX-90 and occupants are greeted by Nappa leather upholstery and high-quality fabrics that blend harmoniously. The interior design is similar to that of the CX-60 with its wide 12.3-inch infotainment display, minimalist center console, digital instrument panel, contrast stitching, and generous use of metal accents.
Other amenities present inside the all-new CX-90 include USB-C charging ports, third-row seating, automatic climate control with rear vents (including the third row), and optional captain's seats for the second row.
The all-new CX-90 is expected to arrive at dealers later this year around spring and will first hit North American dealers. There's no word yet, however, if it will be offered to other global markets. If it does make it to other countries like the Philippines, we can expect it to replace the current CX-9.