Mazda is on a mission to expand its product line to more luxurious territory and has unveiled its biggest luxurious, softest, and strongest model to date: the 2024 Mazda CX-90. The huge three-row crossover features the first plug-in hybrid from Mazda and a mild hybrid version it has a newly-developed six-cylinder inline engine. The automaker keeps all of the details in the back of its hand and is waiting for the “early spring” introduction to disclose pricing as well as legroom, headroom towing capability, efficiency of fuel, and all-electric range of the PHEV.
However, in a recent show-and-tell meeting, Mazda executives did say that the 2024 Mazda CX-90 will replace the outdated CX-9 which is the present three-row crossover. The 90 will be larger as well as wider. It will also be, based on the outside higher than the CX-9 and will have a larger third-row, and possibly greater cargo capacity. The 90 will also feature the most elegant interior of Mazda.
Everything Everywhere (Almost) Everywhere at OnceMazda will break with the trend of releasing electrified vehicles months after the first (gasoline-powered) variants of a brand new car debut and limiting more complicated and expensive EVs and hybrids that plug into the grid to the states in the beginning. The CX-90’s mild hybrid and PHEV models will launch within two weeks, and both will be offered in all 50 states. Jeff Guyton, president, and chief executive officer of Mazda North American Operations, said to Forbes Wheels.
2024 Mazda CX-90 Electrified Crossover Changes
The CX-90 will be offered in two all-wheel drive models One of which is powered by Mazda’s newly created 3.3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder inline engine, the eSkyactiv-G. A mild hybrid model makes use of the inline six designed to deliver the equivalent of 340 horsepower. It also has an automatic transmission that has eight speeds which has an electric motor between.
The electric motor allows the gasoline engine to be shut off once the 2024 Mazda CX-90 is stopped for no-emission idle and can provide all-electric propulsion for brief durations at low speed. The system is said to have an impressive 369 pounds of torque, which gives the moderate hybrid CX-90 the greatest capability of towing for any Mazda. A plug-in hybrid version of the vehicle will utilize Mazda’s long-lasting 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It is paired with a front-axle electric drive motor, as well as 17.8 kWh lithium-ion batteries. The engine is tuned to deliver 323 hp and 369 pounds of torque. The PHEV uses the same eight-speed auto similar to the light hybrid.
Information about charging speeds and all-electric power hasn’t been made public. However, the smaller and lighter CX-60 that is sold across Europe and Australia has the same PHEV engine as the 2024 Mazda CX-90 and is rated with more than 50 miles of all-electric range, with an efficiency of 85 mpg. CX-90 Program manager Mitsuru Wakiie said that the mild hybrid version of the vehicle is designed for more driven-focused driving than the PHEV version, but the idea of driving performance in a vehicle that can be over 200 inches in length and weigh more than 2 tons can be difficult to grasp.
It is recommended to use premium fuel for both engines to ensure the highest performance, however, they can operate on regular gasoline too. AWD for All The all-wheel drive mechanical system, which is standard on all trim levels of both models is a rear-biased variant that Mazda’s electronically controlled iActiv AWD created to provide the maximum power on the rear wheels during everyday driving. It’s capable, however, it can shift the torque from front to rear and side to side when required for maximum performance.
It’s not an off-road AWD system, however. It was specifically designed to improve performance and ride quality, especially on wet, slippery roads. The 2024 Mazda CX-90 also comes with Mazda’s Kinematic Posture Control as standard equipment. The braking system that is controlled by software eliminates body lift at corners for a more smooth ride. It first appeared on the less hefty and smaller 2022 Miata sports car.
Exterior & Interior
“Sleek” is not a term usually associated with large vehicles, but the 2024 Mazda CX-90 is quite pleasant to view, and with its long hood and steeply raked windshield–especially riding on optional 21-inch alloys–even manages to look a bit sporty. The front part, featuring the unique trapezoidal Mazda grille, is complemented by LED headlamps that are housed in cat-eye lenses. The running lights, which are thin LEDs, are carefully integrated into the grille, and then chromed to the top trim for an extremely modern appearance.
The space for a third-row seating area was ruled out by the possibility of a steep, sloped roofline. However, designers were able to make the rear window have an upward tilt which helps to balance the car and keeps the passenger and cargo from appearing like a big box. A slightly flared rear wheel arch is also a way to ensure that the CX-90 does from appearing as an enormous box, however, the overall style is limited because it is, in the first place an SUV for people.
Inside the interior, the interior of the 2024 Mazda CX-90 is a slick, luxurious interior with a large center console with high-end materials. The top trim utilizes birch wood as well as chrome trim pieces. The stitching on the Kumihimo Dash Cover made of woven fabric, for example, is a unique design that has been inspired by traditional Japanese hand-bound books.
New Tech/Old Tech
Mazda did not fall into the “because we can” trap of cramming all the features of a vehicle in the infotainment system. The centrally mounted 12.3-inch horizontal display is the control central to a variety of functions and features, but there are numerous actual knobs and buttons for things like lighting or audio controls, as well as climate control. It also features a large driver information screen that can be customized with displays.
There’s something Mazda calls”See Through View” or a “See Through View” monitor that assists drivers with a variety of parking conditions could be a possibility, as will the CX-90 will include a range of high-tech safety and driver assistance functions that are part of Mazda’s iActivsense system. The features include blind spot monitoring as well as adaptive front lighting. the cruise control that is based on radar.
2024 Mazda CX-90 Electrified Crossover Price & Release Date
Mazda will not announce pricing on the CX-90 in 2024. CX-90 until much later than its scheduled launch date, likely in April or early May. If the price differential between CX-5 and CX-5 and the crossover CX-50 is anything to go by it is expected that the mild hybrid 2024 Mazda CX-90 to cost at minimum 7 percent higher than the CX-9. It would be somewhere in the $43,000-$53,500 price range compared to 2023 CX-9 starting at $40,025 and reaching its maximum with the options and add-ons at $49,735.
Its plug-in hybrid CX90 is expected to be even more affordable as costs have dropped significantly, however, batteries are still expensive. Except for the more basic Kia Sorento and Mitsubishi Outlander three-row PHEVs. most likely competitors for PHEVs are all with a price in the $60,000-$70,000 price range. The majority of top models are within the $70,000-$80,000 range, however, it is the Lincoln Aviator Black Label Grand Touring is more expensive than the $90k mark. When presented with the figures and asked about how it would be competitive CX-90 plug-in could be the project manager Wakiie did not even smile.