New Mazda CX-80 Makes Its European Debut as a Flagship SUV with PHEV and Diesel Power

New Mazda CX-80 Makes Its European Debut as a Flagship SUV with PHEV and Diesel Power

The all-new CX-80, Mazda’s new flagship vehicle for markets including Europe, Japan, and Australia, was launched. The new SUV comes in a range of three-row configurations and will be available in Europe initially with plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid diesel powertrain options.

The Mazda CX-80 and CX-60 share a lot of body components, including the entire front end, as was to be expected. But the CX-80 looks more like the larger CX-70 and CX-90 that are sold in North America thanks to its longer wheelbase and expanded rear overhang.

The model-specific greenhouse with thicker chrome on the rear-side windows and the taller rear doors set the CX-80 apart in terms of profile. The tailgate is more erect and the rear fascia has been revised, although the taillights are identical to those of the CX-60.

In comparison to the CX-60, which has a wheelbase of 2,870 mm (113.0 inches) and a length of 4,745 mm (186.8 inches), the new Mazda CX-80 has a wheelbase of almost 3,000 mm (118.1 inches) and a length of over 5,000 mm (196.9 inches).

In contrast, the CX-70 and CX-90 SUVs sold in North America had a wheelbase of 3,119 mm (122.8 inches) and a length of 5,121 mm (201.6 inches). In contrast to the narrow-body CX-60 and CX-80 pair, these are categorized as wide-body SUVs.

There are two three-row interior layouts for the CX-80 that can hold six or seven people. Three regular seats, two captain’s chairs paired with a center console, or a walk-through to the third row are the possible configurations for the second row. Lastly, when not in use, the two third-row seats may be folded entirely flat to expand the cargo room.

The dashboard, which has Mazda’s most recent infotainment system and luxury materials, is carried over from the CX-60. The features include a new Trailer Hitch View system, Alexa voice control, and a “hybrid navigation” that supposedly combines the advantages of offline and online services. With a five-star Euro NCAP rating in mind, Mazda equips the model with the entire i-Activsense ADAS system.

PHEV and Mild Hybrid Diesel Options

The CX-80 is available with plug-in hybrid and mildly hybrid diesel drivetrain options in Europe. Since the CX-60 and other models share the same architecture, these are shared.

A 3.3-liter six-cylinder diesel engine that generates 251 horsepower (187 kW / 254 PS) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque powers the base e-Skyactiv D model. Mazda’s M Hybrid Boost 48V mild hybrid technology supports the engine, improving its environmental credentials. All four wheels get power transfer through an eight-speed automated transmission.

With a combined output of 323 horsepower (241 kW / 327 PS) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque, the more potent and efficient e-Skyactiv PHEV can do the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint in 6.8 seconds. A 17.8 kWh battery pack that provides a maximum electric-only range of 60 km (37 miles) is combined with an electric motor, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, and an electric arrangement.

The Mazda CX-80 will go on preorder in May of this year, with the first vehicles expected to arrive at European showrooms in the fall of 2024. The SUV is anticipated to arrive in Australia before the end of the year and will also be offered in its native market of Japan.

Sanchita Patil

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