Mazda CX-80.

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Mazda finally revealed the last piece of their “new models puzzle” with the European market CX-80.

It is a 3-row version of the CX-60 but a bit shorter than our CX-90. At least unlike the North American CX-70 and CX-90, the European models are not the exact same cars.

The CX-80 is indeed longer and roomier than the 5-seater CX-60 by 10 inches. Which is a big difference. (The US CX-70 and CX-90 are the exact same size).

The wheelbase of the European CX-80 is exactly the same as our CX-90 although the overall length is about 4 inches shorter.

Only 4 inches seems to me like a huge waste of money. I mean really. Coming up with 2 3-row SUVs that are only 4 inches away from each other with the exact same wheelbase. Does it sound like a good idea to you?

To me, it sounds like a wasteful move. Especially for a pretty small company like Mazda. Unless they figured out how to do it on the cheap. At least they do offer a proper 5-seater version in Europe, unlike North America.

And by the way, that “5 seater Mazda SUV” segment will be pretty crowded soon. With a new generation CX-5 coming, as well as a new 5-seater EV SUV. On top of the CX-70 and CX-50…

Conversation 4 comments

  1. How did this make it past the design stage, it seems like Mazda is lost with all these SUV’s and to make market specific ones like this over 4 inches seems like a waste. And I guess they just gave up on their MX-30 PHEV/EV car…… they seem a little lost during their pursuit of becoming a premium brand, I worry if they are going to make it in the long run.

  2. Why did they bother? All they needed to do was offer a wider CX-60 as the CX-70 in the U.S. Mazda needs to explain because something seems wrong.

  3. The CX-80 looks better than the CX-90 imo also, however, probably wouldn’t provide the space American’s need these days. Lol The CX-60, or something similarly sized should have been our CX-70. Horrible decision by Mazda.

  4. It looks like Europe is getting the better looking versions. All we get in the U.S. is the same awkward looking version with a choice of two different seating arrangements. Mazda has definitely lost its way.

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