First-Ever Mazda CX-90 boasts impressive efficiency gains and powerful performance

Matt Brand
March 2, 2023
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Mazda has announced the release of the First-Ever Mazda CX-90, which is set to arrive in Australia from August. The CX-90 is the brand’s most luxurious model ever made and is an efficiency champion in the large SUV segment. It will be available with a high output petrol or diesel powerplant, both of which employ a newly developed inline-six turbocharged 3.3-litre configuration supported by a 48-volt M Hybrid boost MHEV setup.

The diesel engine option, the e-Skyactiv D turbo-charged diesel (D50e) engine, offers best-in-class combined fuel consumption of 5.4 litres per 100km and low CO2 output of 143g/km, which is a full 10 per cent improvement compared to the next best vehicle in the large SUV segment. The diesel engine also offers a 34 per cent uplift in power at 187kW and +100Nm or 22 per cent more torque than the CX-8 Skyactiv D, at 550Nm. The petrol engine option, the First-Ever Mazda CX-90 3.3 L e-Skyactiv G (G50e), is the most powerful production Mazda powerplant ever with 254kW and an exceptional 500Nm of available torque.

These significant efficiency gains are made possible by several technological advancements introduced for the first time in the Mazda CX-60 and CX-90 model ranges. The 48V M Hybrid Boost MHEV system ensures that in inefficient low load situations the engine is supplemented by the electric motor, improving overall emissions and reducing the frequency of fuel fill-ups. Additionally, the e-Skyactiv G takes advantage of a higher compression ratio for better fuel efficiency.

“Mazda has an established reputation for pushing the envelope and achieving complex engineering goals in pursuit of driving pleasure,” commented Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi. “These two fully engaging, high-performance powerplants make considerable advancements, not only in power and performance, but also in overall efficiency, ensuring that the signature ‘Jinba Ittai’ Mazda driving experience delivers involvement and fun without any expense to frugality.”

Full local pricing and specification for the Mazda CX-90 is due to be announced during quarter one of 2023.

Mazda CX-90 Front
Mazda CX-90 Cutaway
Mazda CX-90 Interior
Mazda CX-90 Rear Design
Matt Brand
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