A camouflaged prototype in the US may have given our first glimpse of Mazda’s biggest SUV, the US-bound CX-90 with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
A prototype SUV believed to be next 2023 Mazda CX-90 was spied before it is due for a global launch before the end of the year – although an Australian launch is still under consideration and not committed.
While the car bears no Mazda badging, the shape and signatures of the taillights are similar to those of the CX-60 – the first new SUV on Mazda’s new rear-wheel drive platform – as is the CX-60. Decorative stripes on the body behind the front wheel.
A picture of the prototype’s side profile shows a large overhang behind the rear wheels – suggesting it has a third row of seats.
Those clues suggest we’re looking at a prototype Mazda CX-90, the next model in Mazda’s lineup of four rear-wheel-drive SUVs due to be unveiled within nine months – and a direct successor to the three-row CX-9 in the USA.
The CX-90 is the largest of the four models, with three rows of seats and a “wide-body” design aimed at North American markets where “larger models with a big presence are preferred,” according to Mazda.
There will be a twin-row CX-70 version – with the same US-centric wide body – as well as two ‘narrow-body’ models for Europe and Japan, the twin-row CX-60 (the only one thus confirmed for Australia). wide) and three-row CX-80.
Powering the CX-90 and CX-70 in North America will be a choice of a new turbocharged straight-six petrol engine or a plug-in hybrid system (likely based on a four-cylinder engine).
This is in contrast to the CX-60 and CX-80 destined for other regions, which offer SkyActiv-X petrol non-turbo and SkyActiv-D diesel inline-six turbocharged engines with 48-volt mild hybrid systems, as well as a four-cylinder will. Cylinder plug-in hybrid and a regular base four-cylinder petrol engine.
In the US and Canada, the CX-90 will serve as a replacement for today’s CX-9, which has been on sale since 2016 – but it’s unclear if Australia will follow, as the CX-90 is believed to only be “considering.” “ sale remains on site.
“America has confirmed exactly which of the four [‘large’ platform SUVs] they’re getting so they’re better able to clarify what that means for their existing line-up,” said a spokesman for Mazda Australia drive last year.
“As far as we’re concerned, we’ve only banned CX-60 for Australia at this point, so the most important thing for us is to also confirm that CX-5 will live alongside.
“Once we can confirm whether we will be bringing the CX-70, CX-80 and CX-90 here, we will have a better view of what that means for CX-9 and whether the specs and quality offerings can complement each other much like CX -3 and CX-30, or not.”
the 2023 Mazda CX-90 is scheduled to go into production before the end of Japan’s fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2023. Expect a global reveal later this year.