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The Mazda CX-60 and CX-90 are already on sale, while the CX-70 arrived in January. Here is the final piece of Mazda’s Grand Architecture puzzle.
After being spied testing last year, images of the Mazda CX-80 were shared by Tsuratsura and Mazda Blogs, revealing the CX-60’s narrower three-row sibling designed for markets like Japan and Europe.
But while the recently launched North American-bound CX-70 shares its body with the CX-90, the CX-80 is significantly different from the CX-60.
It seems to fit third seats on a longer wheelbase than the CX-60, and naturally the CX-80 has a slightly different look on the sides.
For example, the treatment of the C and D pillars is similar to the CX-70 and CX-90, while the rear end is longer and the taillight design is similar to the CX-90.
While it’s unclear how much longer the CX-80 is than the CX-60, we expect it to share the same width: 1,890mm.
That makes it 104mm narrower than the three-row CX-90. It’s similar to the outgoing CX-8 and CX-9, with a 124mm difference in width.
Australia is again unusual in getting SUVs built for markets like North America (in this case, the CX-70 and CX-90) and Europe and Japan (the CX-60 and CX-80).
The CX-80 was confirmed for Australia last year, but Mazda has yet to confirm a launch time. It also hasn’t confirmed the CX-70’s launch date yet.
It’s also yet to reveal what will power the CX-80, but it’s almost certain to use the same mild-hybrid six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines as the CX-60 and a four-cylinder plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. .
The CX-60’s 3.3-litre turbo petrol produces 209kW of power and 450Nm of torque, its 3.3-litre turbo diesel produces 187kW and 500Nm, while the 2.5-litre PHEV produces 24,500Nm of torque.
We know that the CX-80 – like other large architecture SUVs – does not have native ride and handling.
With the CX-8 and CX-9 out of production, the CX-80 and CX-90 will become Mazda’s only three-row SUVs.
But while the two new three-row SUVs will effectively replace those old ones, the introduction of the CX-60 and (future) CX-70 means Mazda’s SUV line-up will be more cluttered than before.
“Of course, there will be some overlap, but we are convinced from our experience that consumers will not come to the showroom and say: ‘You have a lot to offer, I’m confused, what are you doing?’” Mazda Australia managing director Vinesh Bhindi told CarExpert in January.
“They actually appreciate that we give them a choice.”
Mazda Australia also points out that two-row SUV buyers and three-row SUV buyers are generally different, with a small crossover between them.
Mazda Australia sees the CX-60 and CX-80 as volume players, with the wider CX-70 and CX-90 – the latter already on sale – more likely to serve as Mazda’s two flagships. . -row and three-row SUVs, respectively.
All of these new Grand Architecture models sit above the existing, volume-selling CX-3, CX-30 and CX-5. A direct replacement for the CX-5 is coming, although global production of its elongated, three-row sibling, the CX-8, has ended.
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