2024 Mazda CX-90 confirmed with 340 hp Turbo 6

The 2024 Mazda CX-90 three-row midsize SUV, due to be unveiled later in January, will offer a turbocharged inline-6 ​​as an alternative to the previously announced plug-in hybrid powertrain, Mazda said Tuesday.

The new engine is a 3.3-liter that will deliver 340 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque in the 2024 CX-90, making it Mazda’s most powerful engine to be installed in a production vehicle.

The engine is expected to be paired with a mild hybrid system, powering all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic and rear-biased all-wheel drive.

Mazda also has a 3.3-liter inline-6 ​​turbo diesel, although that engine isn’t planned for the US

Mazda hasn’t provided any specs for the CX-90’s plug-in hybrid powertrain, but the setup is most likely a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and electric motor combination. The same setup is offered in the CX-60 compact crossover sold overseas, where it delivers 323 horsepower combined. Mazda said the CX-90’s e-Skyactiv branded plug-in hybrid powertrain has been tuned specifically for North America.

The CX-90 and CX-60 are based on Mazda’s newly developed rear-wheel drive platform with a longitudinal engine. The platform is designed for vehicles in Mazda’s top-tier Large Product Group, which will also spawn a second US-bound SUV called the CX-70. Vehicles in the Large product group will be available in the exclusive Artisan Red exterior colour.

The CX-90 will be Mazda’s flagship when it finally hits the market. It’s confirmed to be taller than any previous Mazda, including the CX-9 which is 199.4 inches long. It’s not clear if the CX-90 will replace the CX-9 or serve as a premium alternative. Both SUVs can remain in the lineup, as well as Mazda selling the newer CX-50 alongside the older CX-5.