Mazda recently unveiled its new flagship vehicle, the CX-90 seven-seat SUV in
California. The eventual replacement for the ageing CX-9, its expected to be launched
here in August this year with the two models selling alongside each other until at least
the end of 2023.

The CX-90 will be the third two-digit Mazda SUV joining the well-established small CX-
30 and the mid-sized CX-60 due to arrive here next month.

Described by Mazda as the brand’s most luxurious model ever made the CX-90 will
come with the choice of high-output petrol or diesel engines both of which use a new
inline-six turbocharged 3.3-litre configuration supported by a 48-volt mild hybrid motor.

With outputs of 254kW and 500Nm the CX-90’s e-Skyactiv G (G50e) petrol engine is
the most powerful production Mazda powerplant ever. This represents close to a 50 per
cent increase in power and 19 per cent in torque over the CX-9’s 2.5-litre turbo petrol

This equates to a 0-100km/h acceleration of 6.9 seconds -1.7 seconds faster than the

Despite the extra pulling power on offer, the turbo-petrol engine is listed at 8.2 litres per
100km combined with CO2 emissions of 189g/km of CO2 – an improvement of almost
10 per cent over the CX-9.

Maximum power output from the e-Skyactiv D turbo-charged diesel (D50e) engine is
187kW with peak torque of an impressive 550Nm.

Fuel consumption is a class-leading combined cycle 5.4 litres per 100km with CO2
output listed at 143g/km.

Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 48V M Hybrid Boost MHEV system ensures that during idling and speeds the
engine is supplemented by the electric motor, improving overall emissions and
reducing the frequency of fuel fill-ups, while the e-Skyactiv G also takes advantage of a
higher compression ratio for better fuel efficiency.

A Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) variant is likely to be added to the local CX-90 range next

Full local pricing and specification for the Mazda CX-90 is due to be announced later
this month.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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