Yesterday, the all-new seven-seat Mazda CX-80 made its debut, with a virtual reveal on

Following the recent launch of the CX-60 and CX-90, the first-ever Mazda CX-80 is confirmed for New Zealand launch and is the next model to be engineered on Mazda’s Large Architecture platform. At almost five metres long and sharing the extended wheelbase of the CX-90, the Mazda CX-80 will offer supreme levels of space, comfort and versatility for up to seven occupants, claims Mazda.

Continuing with the latest evolution of Mazda’s unique KODO design approach, Mazda says the designers have focused on the elegance and purity of a minimalist Japanese aesthetic, combining a striking design both inside and out, featuring the highest quality materials within the cabin.

Available from launch, the Mazda CX-80 is available with an e-Skyactiv PHEV powertrain, combining a four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor.  First seen on the CX-60 with a system output of 241 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque, this Plug-in Hybrid powertrain offers strong and engaging performance matched with outstanding environmental credentials. You can read DriveLife’s review of the CX-60 PHEV here.

Available exclusively with Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive system, Mazda says its rear-biased, permanent all-wheel drive system combines the stability and traction of AWD with the neutral cornering characteristics of a rear-wheel drive set-up, to deliver the signature ‘Jinba Ittai’ driving performance experienced in every Mazda.

With local arrivals expected in the second half of 2024, further information on powertrains and specification and pricing will be shared in due course.

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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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