Launching in Jan 2023, 3-row Mazda CX-90 teased with plug-in hybrid, RWD and inline-6

Hybrids are often straightforward enough but as cool as the all-new Toyota Prius is, it’s not what you call a performance car. Mazda has a solution though it is packaged in an SUV and an unassuming one at that.

Mazda CX-60 shown

The Mazda CX-90 is essentially the bigger brother of the CX-60 and is targeted mainly at the North American market. It will be Mazda’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the U.S. and will be making its world premiere in January 2023.

Via its press release, Mazda claims that the CX-90 PHEV will “maintain the responsiveness, performance, and driving dynamics that define Mazda vehicles”. It is powered by an all-new e-Skyactiv powertrain though Mazda would only release more details towards its unveiling.

Also read: 2022 Mazda CX-60 officially debuts – PHEV AWD for Europe, 6-cyl RWD to launch later

What we do know is that the engine underneath would be an inline-6 engine as evidenced by an earlier teaser image of the CX-90. The engine is said to have been specifically tuned for the North American market, providing customers with the best of both worlds in terms of performance and efficiency.

EU-spec CX-60 PHEV shown, note there are only 4 cylinders

While the European/Japanese/Australian CX-60 is offered with a straight-6 unit, it is worth noting that it is only offered with either a mild-hybrid, turbocharged petrol or turbodiesel configurations. The plug-in hybrid is only available with a 2.5-litre petrol 4-cylinder.

Also read: Rear-wheel drive next, AWD plug-in hybrid Mazda CX-60 enters production in Japan

The CX-90 is a three-row SUV and sits as the company’s flagship SUV under its “Large Product Group” plan. It is meant for the North American market along with the smaller, yet-to-be-unveiled CX-70. The even-numbered CX-60 and CX-80 are meant for overseas markets including Japan, Europe, and Australia.

Also read: 5 new SUVs confirmed – Mazda CX-50, CX-60, CX-70, CX-80, CX-90 starting 2022

While we’re on the topic of Down Under, Mazda Australia also just recently posted a registration of interest (ROI) on its website. Could the CX-90 also be unveiled for the Australian market?

See you in 2023?

Despite perhaps an imminent launch in Australia, we’re not so sure if the CX-90 would be bound for Malaysia. On the other hand, the Mazda CX-60 is certain to be launched in Malaysia, perhaps sometime in 2023.

When the CX-60 arrives, it is expected to run rings not just against its German rivals but also the evergreen Toyota Harrier.

Also read: SUVs launching in Malaysia in 2023; from Omoda 5, to the new CR-V, and all the way to the Proton X90

Source: Launching in Jan 2023, 3-row Mazda CX-90 teased with plug-in hybrid, RWD and inline-6

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