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Mazda CX-90 plug-in hybrid 2024 beats Toyota Highlander for PHEV punch

Mazda is likely to overtake Toyota, which still doesn’t have Highlander Prime.

On Monday, the Japanese automaker unveiled the Mazda CX-90 2024 lineup, which includes plug-in hybrid, mild hybrid and three rows of seats with three different seating configurations.

Mazda says all variants of the CX-90 2024 will hit dealerships this spring, but no details are available yet.

2024 Mazda CX-90

2024 Mazda CX-90

PHEV or MHEV is the question

Buyers entering the Mazda showroom will have a choice between two engines under the hood of the CX-90. Both will be electrified, and each model is a hybrid.

Plug-in hybrid models combine a 2.5-liter inline-four with an electric motor clamped to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The electric motor, powered by a 17.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, replaces the transmission’s torque converter. Total system output is 323 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

Mild hybrid models combine a new 3.3-liter inline-six engine with a less powerful electric motor, powered by a much smaller battery pack. The engine is clamped in an 8-speed automatic transmission. Total system output is 340 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

EPA ratings are not available yet and Mazda would not comment on the electric-only range. The automaker told Green Car Reports that at low speeds, the mild-hybrid powertrain is capable of running on electric-only power while the plug-in hybrid will have enough electric-only range for driving. daily. Mazda notes that the petrol engine is useful for longer trips or when maximum acceleration is required, such as entering the highway. We assume this means that even in electric-only mode, pushing the accelerator to the floor will act on the petrol engine, just like in the gas-only mode. Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe—and recent details MX-30 R-EV that’s tempting but not likely to be US-bound.

2024 Mazda CX-90

2024 Mazda CX-90

Nice proportions with seating for eight people

The CX-90 has no major design touches, and with its longer and wider stance than the CX-9, it will quickly replace. The front end features short overhangs leading into the long hood, long dash-to-axle ratio, long wheelbase and short rear end.

Inside the CX-90 sits a luxury bubble in top featured models. White nappa leather, linen-like fabrics and perforated curly maple give the interior a warm and living room-like feel. Darker interior colors and mesh-patterned plastic trim will be available on lower trims.

The CX-90 can be configured as six, seven or eight seats, with the availability of bench seats in the second row or captain’s seats along with a third row of two or three seats. Mazda hasn’t detailed what seating configurations are possible with which powertrains and trims. The lithium-ion battery pack sits underneath the second and third rows of seats, creating stadium-style seating. At 5 foot-10, I can sit in all three rows of rear seats, but the third row has narrow legroom, a low seat bottom with a knee-sitting position, and about an inch more headroom. inches. Those who register at 6 feet will likely hit the headlights and be uncomfortable.

2024 Mazda CX-90

2024 Mazda CX-90

The 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is enhanced by a 12.3-inch infotainment system. The latter is controlled by a dial and some hard buttons, but the display only supports touch when using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Mazda says it will detail the active safety tech at a later date, but we spotted what appears to be a rearview camera system in the rearview mirror.

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