You can now order Mazda’s largest and most luxurious SUV ever, with arrival in Australia of the all new CX-90 from August.

First impressions of the latest in Mazda’s gorgeous paint colours are excellent as they introduce the fourth Takuminuri paint finish: Artisan red. It’s deeper and darker than the stunning Soul Crystal Red Metallic that has proven immensely popular. And gleams with a stunning lustre that is translucent and irresistibly tactile.

Or choose from seven different body colours: Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Jet Black Mica, Machine Grey Metallic, Platinum Quartz Metallic, Rhodium White Metallic, Sonic Silver Metallic or Soul Red Crystal Metallic 

The CX-90 is 5,100mm long, 1,994 wide with a 2,120mm wheelbase giving it great external presence and delivering a larger interior space which is as desirable as the outward appearance.

It offers more head and shoulder room in every row, and more load space capacity than the CX-9. With all seats in use, you’ve got 608L of tail space; fold down rows two and three for 2,025L (including under floor storage) and assuming you stack to the ceiling!

Depending on model choice – there are three grades Touring, GT and Azami – you can option in captain’s seats for the second row to keep a neutral zone between sibling rivalry.

Access to third row is eased by a larger step on the rear doors. Where a second-row bench seat is fitted, it uses the same one-touch walk-in switch as the CX-9.

While all models offer a stylish and comfortable interior; the GT adds in niceties like front and rear heated seats, a heated steering wheel, driver personalisation memory settings and a premium BOSE sound system. The flagship Azami is a luxury finish in premium textiles plus some nice extra tech like 360 degree view monitor with see through view and Cruising & Traffic Support.

See-through View provides a large monitor display that helps the driver see the situation ahead and to the sides of the vehicle (around the wheels) in the direction of travel, even in tight spaces, showing obstacles they might possibly strike when fully turning the steering wheel – all at once on the screen. 

This aids in quickly confirming objects the vehicle might come into contact with when starting off or slowing down in tight spaces, such as parking lots or narrow alleys. 

The CX-90 is the latest model to emerge on Mazda’s Skyactiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture, a key building block in the company’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 plan. This new core vehicle structure incorporates intelligent mechanical design and a combination of materials to achieve a rigid body shell that carefully manages the transmission of forces from the suspension, helping deliver premium levels of comfort and focused driving dynamics.

The CX-90 also uses Kinematic Posture Control (KPC) to control the attitude of the CX-90 when braking at speed – a technology also found on the iconic Mazda MX-5 sports car.  

Both the e-Skyactiv G (turbocharged, 3.3-litre petrol G50e) and e-Skyactiv D (turbocharged, 3.3-litre diesel D50e) inline-sixes benefit from Mazda’s M Hybrid Boost 48V mild hybrid technology, which supports the engine at lower speeds while delivering enhanced environmental performance by using regenerative braking to replenish the onboard battery.   

The e-Skyactiv D achieves 5.4L/100 km –  along with CO2 emissions of 143g/km while outputting 187 kW at 3,750 rpm with a peak torque of 550 Nm from 1,500 – 2,400 rpm.  


With 254 kW of maximum power and 500 Nm of peak torque, the e-Skyactiv G petrol engine with M Hybrid Boost technology is the most powerful mass-production power unit Mazda has developed to-date, yet it is capable of returning 8.2L/100 km and CO2 emissions of 189 g/km.  

To achieve this feat, base torque and mid to low engine speeds were optimised by the size of the G50e engine’s displacement, which meant it could be paired with a high output. Mazda’s engineers leveraged the increased air intake resulting from the higher engine displacement and large turbocharger to increase output, and the speed range at which the engine uses the Miller cycle. 

The result is exciting acceleration and impressive fuel efficiency thanks in part to its relatively high compression ratio.  

Distributing the prolific power on tap in both engines is Mazda’s Skyactiv-Drive eight-speed automatic transmission (developed without a torque converter and transmitting torque directly), which sends drive to all four wheels via full-time i-Activ All-Wheel Drive – a rear-biased drive system that affords the CX-90 its neutral and engaging handling characteristics, as well as the ability to venture onto adventure-based terrain.   


Drivers can also tailor their experience to suit the journey, with four different switchable driving modes, ranging from Normal, Sport, Off-Road and Towing*. The latter optimises the powertrain to accommodate the increased weight when a towing hitch is mounted to pull a trailer or a bike carrier, and the AWD system is optimised for trailer towing to improve straight line stability and long-distance driving comfort. 

Contact your local Mazda dealer now for more information about ordering the all new, first ever Mazda CX-90.

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