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What to expect from the 2024 Mazda CX-90: Inline 6 + PHEV

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The 2024 Mazda CX-90 is going to be revealed on January 31, 2023. This is the vehicle that will completely replace the outgoing Mazda CX-9. It’ll still have three rows and be the largest vehicle in Mazda’s lineup, but it’ll get an inline 6-cylinder engine instead of the outgoing inline 4. And, it looks like it’ll also get a plug-in hybrid variant.

The inline 6

We’ve heard rumors of a Mazda inline 6 for years – but we thought we’d see it in the next-generation Mazda6. But since that vehicle went kaput, we’re happy to see it make its way to the 2024 Mazda CX-90.

Though a lot of people said the inline 4 was underpowered, we’ve never felt that way. The CX-9 has always felt sporty, just like the rest of the lineup. So, the addition of this 3.3-liter inline 6 is sure to be a delight. It will deliver 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

This engine was developed by Mazda, and is specifically built for the large-platform CX-90.

The brief press release says it will be built with “mild hybrid” technology, which is code for auto stop/start. We thought Mazda was going to be immune to this often-frustrating feature, but when we first saw it pop up in the 2022 Mazda CX-50, we knew the rest of the lineup would follow suit. Boo.

What to expect from the 2024 Mazda CX-90

The sum of what we know for sure about the 2024 Mazda CX-90 is that it will have three rows, get a wide-body structure and be powered by the inline 6. Plus, looking at the Mazda USA website on the CX-90 future vehicles page, it appears this vehicle will also get a plug-in hybrid. That’s interesting since we recently found out the plug-in hybrid version of the Mazda MX-30 isn’t coming to the U.S.

If the CX-5 vs CX-50 comparison is anything to go by, we can expect to see some more cladding around the wheels, a narrower grille, wider stance, more premium interior materials and the sometimes-befuddling Mazda infotainment system.

The bottom line

As most automakers are heading towards electrification and efficiency, we find it interesting that Mazda is bucking the trend. Don’t get us wrong, we’re happy they are, but it’s interesting. We’re anxious for more deets on the plug-in hybrid, and even more anxious to drive it.

We will be at the reveal at the end of the month, so stay tuned as we’ll have the full scoop at that point.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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