Mazda has been confusing us for the past few years. The previous SUV and crossover models were the CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9, but then Mazda introduced the CX-30, CX-50 and soon the CX-90. There is also a CX-60 in Europe, and the CX-70 will be introduced in 2024. Why do you need a CX-5 and then introduce a CX-50 and sell it at the same time? Will there be a replacement for the CX-5 or will it be co-opted by the CX-50? If there is a method to the madness, would someone describe it?
That kind of explanation will soon be revealed by Mazda for the CX-90 on January 31, 2023, a few days before the 2024 Chicago Auto Show. Mazda has released preliminary information about the 3.3-liter inline-six e-Skyactiv Turbo engine it promised us. Output will be 340 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Mazda says the engine is built specifically for the new big platform, which is a rear-wheel-drive arrangement. A feature called Kinematic Posture Control (KPC), which currently exists for the Miata, will be standard on the CX-90. As Mazda explains, “The rear suspension is already designed to help plant the vehicle to the ground when the brakes are applied. KPC takes advantage of this by applying light braking to the inside rear wheel during high-g cornering. This tightens the given corner, suppresses body roll and makes the steering more linear in tight or rough turns. They apply slightly stronger braking when cornering, increasing the limited slip effect for more confidence and enjoyment.” Since Mazda MO supports a “performance-focused experience”, it is not surprising that Mazda applies KPC to an SUV.
Mazda will offer two versions of the six for the CX-90. Little has been said about the conventional version and its performance, but the 340bhp version is a mild plug-in hybrid, which interestingly does not allow it to run on battery only. Based on Car and driverthe 48-volt battery system can extend stop-start use in traffic and allow the engine to shut down when coasting or breaking for better fuel economy.
Stay tuned to the ClassicCars.com Journal for more news when Mazda releases it no later than January 31st.