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Mazda CX-80 SUV debuts globally, set to land locally late 2024

Curt Dupriez
Deputy editor

Australia confirmed to complete the full CX-60, CX-70, CX-80 and CX-90 SUV quartet by year’s end

Mazda’s fourth new-generation SUV, the CX-80, has been officially unveiled in Europe.

And Mazda Australia has confirmed that it is “expected to arrive in Australia before the end of the year” closely in the wheel tracks of the yet unreleased CX-70.

The first-ever CX-80 is, like the CX-90, a three-row SUV that globally offers a choice of a three-seat or twin-captain’s chair second row, giving buyers a choice of a six- or seven-seat layout.

This is our first look at the new Mazda CX-80, due late 2024

Nudging five metres in length and with a wheelbase of over three metres, the CX-80 is essentially a longer and taller twin to the other ‘narrow-width’ model in Mazda’s SUV stable, the CX-60

These are considered the midsize pair essentially tailored for European and Japanese markets.

It’s essentially width-positioning that separates the CX-60 and CX-80 from the ‘wide-body’ five-seat CX-70 and three-row CX-90 that were conceived for preference in markets such as the US.

The CX-80 closely follows the Kodo design language already debuted on its trio of SUV siblings.

Captain’s chairs will feature in the upcoming CX-80

A choice of three powertrains 

It’s been confirmed that three powertrains will be offered on the global CX-80 menu.

The e-Skyactiv PHEV format adopts a four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor said to produce total system outputs of 241kW and 500Nm. 

The plug-in option is joined by a choice of two inline six-cylinder options in the e-Skyactiv D diesel and e-Skyactiv P petrol engines, both featuring Mazda’s M Hybrid Boost 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

Mazda CX-60 D50e Azami 2023 engine
The CX-80 will use straight-six engines just like the CX-60 and CX-90

Mazda did not elaborate on outputs for the mild-hybrid powertrains, though the current CX-90 offers 187kW/550Nm in diesel form and 254kW/500Nm in petrol guise. 

All three engine choices are backed by eight-speed automatic transmissions and a rear-bias, permanent all-wheel drive system.

Further details and pricing of the Australian lineup will come to light closer to the CX-80’s local launch before the end of the year.