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Mazda presents larger CX-80 flagship crossover in Europe

The bigger brother of the CX-60

The CX-80 is Mazda's top-of-the-line SUV in Europe. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

European fans of Mazda are in luck. The Japanese carmaker has just unveiled its new and bigger CX-80 flagship crossover SUV in the region.

Following the success of the slightly smaller CX-60 in Europe and the USA, its bigger brother now brings third-row seating and two hybrid-assisted powertrains (one diesel, one petrol) at launch.

The CX-80 stands 4,995mm long, 1,890mm wide, and 1,710mm tall, and looks pretty good while doing so. It is the second model to use the firm’s Large Product Group platform. Its wheelbase is 250mm longer, and its rear roofline is 25mm taller than the CX-60.

Squarely aimed at buyers of cars like the Volvo XC90, the Hyundai Santa Fe, or the Subaru Evoltis, it’s roughly the same size as its rivals and offers space for seven passengers.

The cabin looks just as good as the exterior. PHOTOS FROM MAZDA

If all seven travel onboard, then luggage space is reduced to 258L, but fold the back row and that number rises to 687L. Get the remaining seats out of the way and it can carry up to 1,221L.

The middle row can also be ordered either as a three-seater bench or a pair of captain’s chairs that add an extra premium feel to the cabin. Passengers will be able to use Alexa in-car voice control to manage music, navigation, air-conditioning, and various third-party apps.

Under the hood are the same engines that we know from the CX-60. The petrol version features the plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines the company’s 148hp Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter four-banger with a 175hp electric motor and a 17.8kWh high-capacity battery for a total power output of 323hp.

The diesel version features the 3.3-liter, 250hp e-Skyactiv D in-line six-cylinder with M Hybrid Boost that uses regenerative-braking energy stored in a small lithium-ion battery. Both models have all-wheel drive.

Towing a trailer has never looked more stylish. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

Mazda calls the CX-80 the Graceful Driving SUV,and says it also features Graceful Toughness, which presumably means you’ll look good while hauling up to 2,500kg through various terrains.

Features such as Trailer Hitch View also help to keep you looking graciously while hooking up cargo, and a 360° View Monitor with See Through View assists in keeping things dent-free.

One feature that’s new for Europe is the firm’s Cruising and Traffic Support with Unresponsive Driver Support. It monitors the driver and sounds an alert if it notices closed eyes or the pilot looking anywhere but the road. If the driver doesn’t react, then the car will eventually come to a stop to minimize damage in case the person behind the wheel has fallen ill or become otherwise distracted or incapacitated.

The beauty of Mazda vehicles lies in the details. PHOTOS FROM MAZDA

The Mazda CX-80 can be ordered in Europe from May 7, and comes in five equipment lines: Exclusive, Takumi, Homura, Takumi Plus, and Homura Plus. Deliveries are expected to start from the end of September, and vehicles come with a six-year warranty.

The PHEV base model starts at €55,350 (P3,400,000) in Germany, while the CX-80 e-Skyactiv PHEV in the top Takumi Plus trim will set German buyers back €67,850 (P4,170,000). Nothing is known yet if, or when, this shiny new flagship will make it to our shores, but we hope it will.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.