Plug-in hybrid not on the menu at first, but beefy six-cylinder engines should see CX-90 rivalling Audi and BMW’s large SUVs
Hot on the heels of the global reveal of the CX-90 large luxury SUV early this morning in California, Mazda Australia has announced initial specifications for the Australian version of the Volvo XC90 rival.
Crucially, unlike the existing, petrol-only Mazda CX-9, Australian buyers of the new CX-90 will be given the choice of both petrol and diesel power, both in six-cylinder format.
Like the CX-9, the CX-90 is a three-row large SUV with seven seats.
The largest of Mazda’s new suite of premium-orientated models will be powered in Australia by a choice of two 3.3-litre, turbocharged, mild-hybrid, inline six-cylinder engines.
Diesel fans should be satisfied by the 187kW/550Nm motor, likely to be badged locally as the D50e. In the related, but smaller, CX-60, the D50e uses less than 5.0L/100km.
However, petrol power will continue as an alternative in the biggest Mazda SUV, with the gasoline-fed G40e producing a stout 254kW of power and 500Nm of torque.
Australia will not be receiving a CX-90 plug-in hybrid from launch, though such a vehicle will be offered in the American market utilising a similar four-cylinder PHEV powertrain as the incoming CX-60 plug-in we’ve already reviewed.
While full Australian specifications – including the names of the grades for the car locally, as well as pricing – are forthcoming, Mazda has this morning detailed some standard features the CX-90 will nab, which include:
Additionally, Mazda says that its I-Activsense semi-autonomous safety suite will be standard on the large SUV.
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