Mazda CX-80: Everything we know about the 7-seater car for global markets
Sitting above the CX-60 in Mazda’s renewed lineup, the three-row crossover will be offered in Europe, Australia and Asia.
December 17, 2023 at 12:26
Mazda’s foray into the (more) premium segment looks promising, with strong sales of the CX-60 and CX-90 boosting the automaker’s profit margins. After these successes, Mazda is preparing to introduce a three-row crossover called the CX-80, targeting a number of markets outside North America, including Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Banned to North America which instead gets the larger and slightly wider CX-90, the CX-80 is a long-wheelbase version of the BMW X3 rival CX-60 that it replaces the CX-8. Unfortunately, delays mean that the high-performance luxury crossover has been pushed back to early next year (the same goes for the wider 5-seat CX-70 for US consumption); No definitive explanation has been given for the reason for the delay, but that doesn’t stop us from taking a graphic preview based on spy shots.
Mazda’s “Kodo” design language has been used for several years. Today, the automaker has developed this expressive design language to maintain Mazda’s distinctive identity with an emphasis on strong proportions and the interaction of light with sheet metal.
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There are no surprises in the CX-80’s appearance, it is simply a stretched CX-60. The differences between the two are incredibly minimal, with the most significant changes being the longer rear doors, redesigned lower rear bumper, and wider D-pillars, which feature a unique slope at the rear chrome edge.
The CX-80 will borrow the interior of the Mazda CX-60 pictured above
Mazda’s new large-car architecture heralded a new era for the Japanese automaker, with an emphasis on interior luxury at an affordable cost. The CX-80 will have the same cabin layout as its shorter CX-60 and larger CX-90 counterparts, which isn’t bad, but we’d like to see more differentiation between the models.
The good news is that rear seat passengers will enjoy additional legroom in the second and third rows. Although, unlike the CX-90, which can be had with eight seats, this will be a seven-seat-only exercise. Cabin amenities will include a digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology, a 360-degree surround-view monitor, a head-up display, ambient lighting, and a driver personalization system that uses facial recognition.
Under the skin
Built on Mazda’s rear-wheel-drive-biased big-car platform, the CX-80 will have the same dynamic handling attributes as its other siblings, including well-weighted steering and Kinetic Mode Control, which gently applies the brakes to the inside rear wheel. Because it contains body roll. Don’t expect any adaptive damping here, though we hope the ride will be more stable than the CX-60’s bumpy ride.
The CX-80 will have a longer wheelbase compared to the CX-60, which measures 113 inches (2,870 mm). However, it may not exceed the 122.8 in (3,119 mm) wheelbase of the North American market CX-90.
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Under the hood, the CX-80 will offer multiple ICE engine options with different forms of electrification. Options include a mild-hybrid, e-Skyactiv-D 3.3-liter diesel inline-six, producing 251 hp (187 kW / 254 hp), and a mild-hybrid, 3.3-liter e-Skyactiv-G gasoline inline-six with 280 hp (209 hp). kW/284 hp), and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine. The latter pumps out 323 PS (241 kW / 328 PS) and 500 Nm of torque. All models are equipped with Mazda’s 8-speed automatic gearbox with power going to the rear or all four wheels.
Curiously, there’s still another inline-six variant to be revealed: a 3.0-liter SPCCI unit dubbed e-Skyactiv It’s not clear when more details about this unit will be revealed, but it’s expected to be one of the most fuel-efficient inline-cars ever.
Competitors and detection
The CX-80 will face stiff competition, pitting itself against a range of rivals from the BMW X3 to less premium models including the Peugeot 5008, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan X-Trail, Kia Sorento and Skoda Kodiaq, to name a few.
With CX-8 production ending by the end of the year, the CX-80 will be officially unveiled over the next few months, with deliveries starting in mid-2024. It will be sold in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China, among other markets.
Note: The illustrations in this article are not related to or endorsed by Mazda.