2024 Mazda CX-90 is now brand’s flagship
Mazda has always been an understated player in our market space. The Mazda CX-9 could never exude that aura that a real flagship needs. But now, they hope to turn things around with the 2024 Mazda CX-90, the biggest SUV on offer by the Japanese brand.
For starters, the 2024 Mazda CX-90 stands on a new rear-wheel-drive platform. It is large, providing room for eight passengers. Unlike the CX-9, which prioritized utility and practicality over sheer luxury, the Mazda CX-90 exudes opulence combined with Japanese aesthetics.
Of course, luxury starts with the interior—luxurious materials like Nappa leather, wood and chrome line different surfaces inside the CX-90. On the dashboard, it flaunts traditional Japanese stitching to bring it all together. The tech is not lost. A 12.3-inch screen on the dashboard works as the infotainment system, while another digital display gives vital data to the driver. Gladly, a list of tactile controls is still available for multiple functions. The complete feature list will be out closer to the launch.
The design of the 2024 Mazda CX-90 contains classic Mazda cues but in a more upscale avatar. The large curved body looks handsome in a new Artisan Red shade. You can add or delete chrome as you need. The wheel options can be as large as 21 inches.
Under this skin, the 2024 Mazda CX-90 can come with two different powertrain options, both hybrids. The first choice is Mazda’s turbocharged 3.3-litre straight-six engine combined with a small electric motor between the engine and transmission. The output from this combination is 340 hp and 500 Nm.
The PHEV e-Skyactiv powertrain is your best choice if you fancy more electrification. This uses a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and an electric motor to produce 323 hp and 500 Nm of torque. The battery is 17.8-kWh strong, giving the CX-90 the ability to drive exclusively on its juice. But we do not know for how long.
The 2024 Mazda CX-90 fills in a gap in the Mazda line-up nicely. With its opulent interior, sleek looks and reliable powertrains, Mazda may be holding on to its perfect flagship here.
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