The CX-90 isn’t just another SUV; it stands tall as the pinnacle of Mazda’s SUV lineage. Manufactured with precision at Mazda’s Hofu plant in Japan, this model comes to the Australian market in three distinct avatars: CX-90 Azami, CX-90 Touring, and CX-90 GT. For those thinking it’s a CX9 replacement, think again. Mazda insists it’s not, but we can’t help asking – is it better?
Design: A Blend of Heritage and Modernity
With one of the largest statures on the Australian SUV market, the Mazda CX-90 seamlessly embraces the Kodo-Soul of Motion design philosophy. While to some it might align with the classic Mazda look, a closer inspection reveals a profound depth of craftsmanship and Japanese heritage.
The exterior plays beautifully with light and shadow, crafting a dynamic yet elegant appeal. Whether it’s the confident front, the reflective side view, or the unified rear design, the CX-90 is a testament to Mazda’s consistent dedication to perfection.
Drivetrain: Turbocharged Powerhouses Await
The Australian version of the Mazda CX-90 boasts two powertrains: a turbocharged 3.3 litre petrol in-line six-cylinder engine (G50e) and its diesel counterpart (D50e). Both engines feature the innovative M Hybrid Boost technology. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time i-Activ all-wheel drive (AWD), the CX-90 promises an exhilarating driving experience.
Performance: Feel the Grounded Agility
Slipping into the driver’s seat of the CX-90 offers an immersive experience. Thanks to the Skyactiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture, the ride feels intuitive and grounded. Whether cruising through city streets or challenging its limits on the highway, the CX-90 responds with unmatched agility and power.
Interior: A Symphony of Luxury and Craftsmanship
Inside, the CX-90 boasts an array of exquisite materials and designs. From the genuine Japanese wood to the tiger stripe reflections, every detail is meticulously crafted. However, the transmission selector evokes mixed feelings. But, with a focus on comfort, the CX-90 offers improved space from its predecessor and features like a large panoramic sunroof and the Driver Personalisation System.
Safety: Tech-Driven Assurance
Mazda’s commitment to safety shines brightly in the CX-90. From a remarkably clear Head Up Display to the adaptive LEDs, every feature ensures maximum safety. Notably, the 360-degree See-Through View Monitor is a game-changer for managing an SUV of this magnitude.
Price: Understanding the Variants
Starting at $73,800 for the petrol touring (with the diesel costing you a tad more), the CX-90 is competitively priced. As you scale up to the Azami, the diesel comes in slightly cheaper, adding to the many choices Mazda offers with this model.
Conclusion: Is the CX-90 the New Kingpin?
The 2024 Mazda CX-90 is undeniably a significant evolution in Mazda’s SUV fleet. While it offers impressive performance, luxury, and technological advancements, the big question remains – has Mazda differentiated this gem enough from its other offerings? Time will tell, but for now, the CX-90 stands tall as a testament to Mazda’s unyielding commitment to excellence.
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