Update: ‘Design & Features’ section updated.
On October 7, 2021, Mazda announced that it will launch five new SUVs between 2022 and 2023. One of the future high-riding models will be a Mazda CX-90. Here’s what all we know about the CX-9 successor.
Design & Features
Spy pictures (view on Car And Driver) suggest that the CX-90 won’t be a big departure from the CX-9, featuring a familiar shape and design with improvements. The new model is likely to look more aggressive at the front, though, with a radiator grille that is larger and dominated by gloss black paint instead of chrome and more striking headlamps. We have created a rendering to preview the future model in the front three-quarter angle based on the details revealed in the spy shots. Overall, expect a tough yet dignified exterior that heeds the Japanese notion that less is more.
The CX-90 will be wider and longer than all the current Mazda models. It will have comparatively more aggressive proportions, too. Mazda will offer the SUV in an all-new premium color called ‘Artisan Red.’
The Mazda CX-90 will feature an “Inline 6” badge, chrome garnish, and a honeycomb pattern decor element on the front wings. Many companies place engine layout badges on their front wings, usually when it’s a V engine. Apparently Mazda considers its upcoming straight-six engine in the same vein, highlighting the cylinders with a distinctive inscription.
Inside, the CX-90 should feature a conventional design and modern electronics such as a fully digital instrument cluster, head-up display, and a wide touchscreen infotainment system. One of the main highlights here could be the Mazda Driver Personalization System which identifies the driver using a face recognition system and automatically adjusts the surroundings as per their physique and personal preferences.
The Mazda CX-90 will share the company’s all-new front-engine, rear-wheel drive platform with the CX-60, the brand’s first model available with a plug-in hybrid system. It will be a wide-body midsize SUV with three rows of seats developed primarily for North American markets.
Mazda may offer two CX-90 hybrid variants: mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid. The mild-hybrid variant could employ an all-new 3.0L Skyactiv-X turbocharged straight-six gas engine, an electric motor (ISG), and a 48-volt battery pack.
The plug-in hybrid variant may have a smaller, 2.5-liter eSkyactiv naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, but a punchier electric motor, and a 355-volt lithium-ion battery pack. In addition to the operating voltage, the energy storage capacity of this battery pack could be much higher, probably 17.8 kWh. The gas engine and electric motor together may deliver more than 325 horsepower. The EPA-est. pure electric range of the CX-90 PHEV could be somewhere between 25 and 30 miles.
Price & Release Date
The Mazda CX-90 will premiere in January 2023. Prospective customers can sign up for updates on the company’s U.S. website. The CX-90 may start arriving at U.S. dealerships in the spring.
Mazda will start manufacturing the CX-90 units intended for sales in North America by March 2023. Prices could start at around USD 40,000 for gas variant and around USD 55,000 for the plug-in hybrid variant.
Mazda’s CX-90 SUV is a hybrid family SUV that could offer both fun and functionality. Its front-engine, rear-wheel drive architecture, and the instant torque of the electric motor can make it a great choice for those who want a little bit of everything.
Mazda CX-90 FAQs
What is the Mazda CX-90 release date?
Following its debut in January 2023, the Mazda CX-90 should be launched in the U.S. in spring 2023.
What will be the Mazda CX-90 price?
The CX-90 could start at around USD 40,000, with the PHEV priced at around USD 55,000.
Featured Image: Mazda CX-90 rendition by TopElectricSUV