Mazda targets more plug-in hybrid offerings

“Currently, most of our vehicles are set to have the PHEV segment, and as we just learned, we plan to hit up to 25% of production,” Scherer said of the U.S. market.

The CX-90 and CX-70 will come in PHEV variants, Scherer said. “However, looking at Mazda’s future plans for other models, it will likely have similar availability for most, if not all, models that it currently offers.”

The CX-90 rides Mazda’s new larger rear-wheel-drive platform with expanded cargo and passenger space. This replaces his current CX-9, which has the smallest third-row lineup in its segment.

The CX-70 five-seater is expected to arrive in late 2023 as a 2024 model.

Scherrer said he “can speculate” that the CX-50 compact crossover sold alongside Mazda’s popular CX-5 will likely also have a hybrid powertrain, but that will be the plug-in. The CX-50 is built at the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Alabama.

If the CX-50 offers a hybrid powertrain, it could be the Toyota system that could also make its way into the platform-sharing Mazda3 compact sedan and CX-30 subcompact crossover.

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