During the Philippine launch of the 2024 Mazda CX-60, brand executives also announced during the launch that the CX-90 is coming to the Philippines before the end of 2023. The 2024 Mazda CX-90 is the biggest member of the brand’s “Large Product Group” where the CX-60 also belongs, and it will serve as the brand’s flagship premium three-row SUV slotting above the CX-9.
A few specs have also been confirmed, and one of those is the drivetrain. As expected, the 2024 Mazda CX-90 will utilize a 3.3-liter turbocharged inline-6 like in the CX-60, but as opposed to the 330 horses that the American-market CX-90 gets, the Philippine-market will see its power figures detuned to 280 horsepower. This drivetrain is a higher efficiency version of what’s under the American CX-90’s hood to cater more to our region’s needs. On the upside, 280 horses is still plenty powerful for what Philippine road conditions are capable of handling.
Of course, this is all mated to an eight-speed automatic with a multi-plate clutch as opposed to a torque converter. This is also a 48-volt mild-hybrid model, with the electric motors located where the torque converter for the automatic transmission would be.
As usual with Mazda’s current aesthetics, the CX-90 wears the brand’s evolved Kodo design language that’s characterized by the lack of any character lines. Instead, it imbues the car with life through the interplay of light and shadow with its gentle creases. The CX-90 is also surrounded by a lower chrome garnish on all variants and is available with 21-inch wheels, while lower variants come with more rugged black cladding as opposed to painted ones. Topping it all off is a set of slim LED taillights that extend closely toward the middle of the tailgate for a wider stance.
Moving inside the 2024 Mazda CX-90, the luxurious interior echoes that of the CX-60. While leather upholstery is standard on all trims, higher variants benefit from Nappa Leather along with a fabric dash insert that comes with hanging stitches inspired by a Japanese weaving technique called Kumihimo. It’s a similar stitching that you’d also find in traditional bookbinding in Japan.