Mazda CX-90 (PHEV) could add fun & functionality to the 3-row SUV segment

  • To be based on the newly developed Mazda rear-wheel drive platform
  • Could deliver an EPA-est. electric range of between 25 and 30 miles
  • Will debut in January 2023; expected to launched in spring 2023 starting at around $55,000
  • Will compete with the Highlander, Explorer & Palisade SUVs

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

Mazda CX-90 rendering
Mazda’s CX-90 SUV should be more aggressive than the CX-9, especially at the front. Our render shows the potential new look for Mazda’s flagship SUV.

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.’

Mazda CX-90 Inline 6 badge
The Mazda CX-90 will be wider and longer and have proportions more aggressive than any other Mazda on sale today. Image Source: Mazda

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.

Interior

Mazda CX-60 interior details
The Mazda CX-90 could borrow design cues from the CX-60 (pictured) for an elegant and premium cabin. Image Source: Mazda

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.

Specifications

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 CX-60 plug in hybrid drivetrain
The Mazda CX-90 PHEV’s powertrain may produce over 325 horsepower. Mazda CX-60 PHEV pictured for reference. Image Source: Mazda

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 CX-90 release date confirmation
Mazda’s Fiscal Year March 2022 Financial Results presentation confirms the CX-90’s timeline. Image: Mazda

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.

Also See: Everything we know about the U.S.-bound Mazda CX-70 PHEV

TopElectricSUV says

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.

Which models will be the Mazda CX-90 rivals?

The Mazda CX-90 will compete with the likes of the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, and the Kia Telluride.

Featured Image: Mazda CX-90 rendition by TopElectricSUV