Mazda Reveals New Three-Row CX-80 SUV, But U.S. Sales Not In The Cards

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Mazda Reveals New Three-Row CX-80 SUV, But U.S. Sales Not In The Cards
Mazda Reveals New Three-Row CX-80 SUV, But U.S. Sales Not In The Cards

Last week, Mazda pulled the covers off its latest addition to the SUV lineup, the CX-80, a three-row midsize crossover SUV. Although sharing a platform and interior with the CX-70 and CX-90 available in the U.S., the CX-80 won’t be hitting American shores. It will launch in Europe later this year before expanding to additional markets in the following year.

Essentially, the CX-80 is a lengthened version of the two-row CX-60, which made its debut in Europe last year and is similarly unavailable in the U.S. While maintaining the same width as the CX-60, the CX-80 boasts a 9.8-inch longer wheelbase and a roofline about an inch taller, ensuring ample space for third-row passengers.

The Steering, Dashboard, And Central Console Of A Mazda CX-80 (Credits Mazda Newsroom)
The Steering, Dashboard, And Central Console Of A Mazda CX-80 (Credits: Mazda Newsroom)

Powertrains for both models are shared, offering a selection of gas, diesel, or plug-in hybrid options. Gas and diesel variants feature turbocharged 3.3-liter inline-6 engines, while the plug-in hybrid combines a 2.5-liter inline-4 with an integrated electric motor in the transmission.

The plug-in hybrid configuration includes a 17.8-kWh battery, providing a respectable electric-only range. All powertrains come paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and a mechanical all-wheel-drive system. Built on a rear-wheel-drive platform with longitudinally mounted engines, the CX-80 benefits from a double-wishbone suspension up front and a multi-link setup at the rear.

The Interior, And Second Row of Seats Of The Mazda CX-80 (Credits Mazda Newsroom)
The Interior And Second Row of Seats Of The Mazda CX-80 (Credits: Mazda Newsroom)

However, similar to the CX-90, the CX-80 lacks premium features like air springs and adaptive dampers. Inside, the CX-80 boasts a dashboard equipped with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a matching 12.3-inch infotainment screen. Retaining a rotary dial and physical controls, Mazda also includes a voice assistant. Furthermore, when utilizing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the infotainment screen doubles as a touchscreen interface.

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