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2025 Mazda CX-80 revealed: All-new three-row SUV here before year-end to put the heat on Tesla Model Y, Ford Everest & Isuzu MU-X

At close to 5.0m long the three-row CX-80 is appreciably longer than its two-row CX-60 sibling.

Mazda is continuing its push into the large premium SUV space with the release of the six- or seven-seat CX-80, scheduled for local launch before the end of this year and effectively replacing the CX-8.

As per the closely related CX-60, the CX-80 is offered with a choice of three powertrains, the newcomer also riding on Mazda’s ‘Large Architecture’ platform (as does the smaller CX-60).

All engines drive all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, the hero powerplant being the (241kW/500Nm) 2.5-litre, four-cylinder ‘e-Skyactiv’ petrol-electric PHEV.

Unveiled in Europe, the CX-80 is also available with 3.3-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel (187kW/550Nm) and petrol (209kW/450Nm) power both combined with a 48V mild-hybrid system.

At close to 5.0m long with a wheelbase in excess of 3.0 metres the three-row CX-80 is appreciably longer than its two-row CX-60 stablemate (4.7m long, 2.9m wheelbase).

The CX-80 features two second row configurations. A 2-2-2 set-up with a pair of captain seats and broad console in the centre for six-seat capacity or a more conventional 2-3-2 seven-seat arrangement. In both cases third row seats fold flat to enhance available cargo space.

‘Mazda Connected Services’ is on-board and accessible through the ‘MyMazda’ app while, as the name implies, a new ‘Trailer Hitch View’ helps with positioning the vehicle while preparing for towing.

In both cases third row seats fold flat to enhance available cargo space.

Suspension is by double wishbones at the front and multilinks at the rear with the permanent all-wheel drive system biased towards the rear axle for a default RWD driving feel.

Like the CX-60, the CX-80 is equipped with ‘Mazda Intelligent Drive Select’ offering multiple drive modes (including a pure ‘EV’ setting in the PHEV).

Crash-avoidance safety tech includes active cruise control with a new ‘Unresponsive Driver Support’ feature, AEB with new ‘Head-on collision mitigation’ and lane-keeping assist with the addition of ‘Head-on traffic avoidance assist’.

Mazda Australia says exact model grades, final specification and pricing will be confirmed closer to the car’s local launch in the second half of the year. 

For reference, the closely related CX-60 ranges from $60,550, before on-road costs, for the entry-grade Evolve Petrol to $86,800 for the flagship Azami PHEV. So we’re estimating a price spread from the high $60K bracket to just over $90K for the top-spec CX-80.

James Cleary
Deputy Editor
As a small boy James often sat on a lounge with three shoes in front of him, a ruler between the cushions, and a circular drinks tray in his hands. He would then play ‘drivings’, happily heading to destinations unknown for hours on end. He’s since owned many cars, raced a few, and driven (literally) thousands of them at all points of the globe. He’s steered around and across Australia multiple times, spent time as an advanced driving instructor, and had the opportunity to experience rare and valuable classics here and overseas. His time in motoring journalism has included stints at national and international titles including Motor, Wheels and TopGear, and when asked to nominate a career highlight, James says interviewing industry legend Gordon Murray, in the paddock at the 1989 Australian Formula One Grand Prix was amazing, especially as Murray waived away a hovering Ayrton Senna to complete the conversation. As Deputy Editor, James manages everything from sub-editing to back-end content, while creating written and video product reviews, as well as the weekly 'Tools in the Shed' podcast.'
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