The 2024 Mazda CX-90 flagship will offer plug-in hybrid powertrain

The 2024 Mazda CX-90, due to be unveiled in January, will offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain, Mazda said on Tuesday.

The CX-90 is a three-row SUV based on Mazda’s newly developed rear-wheel drive longitudinal engine platform, which debuted in March in the Mazda CX-60 compact crossover sold overseas. Both vehicles are part of Mazda’s premier Large Product Group, which will also spawn a US-bound crossover called the CX-70.

A teaser photo for the CX-90 released in November showed a badge with an “Inline6” script, indicating the vehicle will be offered with Mazda’s new turbocharged inline-6 ​​powered by mild hybrid technology and is available in petrol and diesel flavors.

Teaser for the 2024 Mazda CX-90 debuting in January 2023

Teaser for the 2024 Mazda CX-90 debuting in January 2023

However, the plug-in hybrid setup destined for the CX-90 is likely to be a combination of a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder and an electric motor. The same setup is offered in the CX-60, where it delivers a combined 323 hp. Mazda said the CX-90’s e-Skyactiv branded plug-in hybrid powertrain has been tuned specifically for North America.

Mazda’s turbocharged inline-6 ​​displaces 3.0 liters in gas form and 3.3 liters as diesel. Mazda hasn’t said how much horsepower these engines will make. It is likely that the US will only see the gas engine.

The CX-90 becomes Mazda’s flagship model. It will 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. We may see both SUVs staying in the lineup as Mazda sells the newer CX-50 alongside the older CX-5.

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