This is the all-new eight-seat Mazda CX-90 SUV
This is the all-new Mazda CX-90, built on the company’s all-new and inventively named ‘large platform’ and featuring seating for up to eight people. Although as you can see in the images above, you can also spec as few as six seats for maximum interior space.
Under that long, sweeping bonnet there’s a choice of two engines. The first is a 3.3-litre straight-six petrol that makes 335bhp and 500Nm ft of torque (making it the most powerful mass-produced Mazda petrol engine ever, fact fans). That engine is paired with a mild-hybrid system that uses a small electric motor to smooth out gearchanges and drive the CX-90 at very low speeds.
However, if it’s more electricity you’re after then you’ll want the 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that makes up the internal combustion half of a 319bhp plug-in hybrid powertrain. Said engine is paired with an electric motor and a 17.8kWh battery to get to that power figure, while both setups get a new eight-speed automatic gearbox.
So, what else do we know? Well, not that much yet if we’re honest. We’re told that the full-time all-wheel drive system on both models is rear-biased, and there’ll be the option of diamond-cut 21-inch wheels. The central infotainment screen inside measures 12.3-inches and the CX-90 also introduces a new exterior colour for Mazda in the form of ‘Artisan Red’.
Any early thoughts, Internet?