Thanks to spy photographers at C&D, we have our first look at the upcoming Mazda CX-90 three-row crossover. Part of the brand’s new line of premium vehicles, the CX-90 will also be joined by a smaller CX-70 and will replace the outgoing CX-9. These two models are going to be exclusive to North America, while Europe and the rest of the world will get the on-sale-now CX-60 and the upcoming CX-80. Last time Mazda USA made an official statement about this new lineup, they promised that both models would debut and go on sale by 2023. That timeline may have been pushed back a bit, as the vehicle spied in these photos is still very clearly an early test mule. It has the body of the CX-60 but with an extension grafted onto the rear end to represent the production vehicle’s length. There’s no telling at this point whether Mazda will give it a unique design from the CX-60, or if it will just end up looking like a longer and wider one.
What we do know about this model is that, like the CX-60, -70 and -80, it will ride on an a new rear-wheel drive architecture powered by a naturally-aspirated 3.0L inline-6 engine and a 2.5L 4-cylinder PHEV powertrain. Numerous outlets have gotten the chance to drive the CX-60 powered by the latter, though impressions on the inline-6 have not been acquired just yet. The CX-60’s interior is a strong indicator of how upscale Mazda is going to go with these new models, as it is apparently quite impressive in person. We look forward to seeing if these efforts will pay off for the tiny little Japanese brand.
More on the upcoming Mazda CX-90 here.