4.75 meters tall, 1.89 meters wide and 2,055 kg for scales. You guessed it, we’re not talking about a good athlete, or one of those computers with a specific design philosophy that Mazda has a secret. Even the design of the CX-60 differs greatly from the spirit and stylistic principles of brand cars. Very large and square in its proportions (remember the vertical of its large grille), this large SUV whose dimensions exceed those of the BMW X3 or Mercedes GLC seems to escape from the US highway. However, it clearly targets the European market and includes new technologies: like Alfa Romeo since its inception by Giulia and Stelvio, it relies on a new propulsion platform (but with all the wheels and engines installed in the longitudinal position), which in the future will develop other major designs in addition to the current Mazda 3, 5 and 6 front-wheel drive architecture. Improved platform for hybrid hybrid paths, described by Mazda engineers. as an example of flexibility thanks to a well-adjusted weight distribution and extremely active work on the running gear.
Inside, we find more of the Mazda world and despite the impressive length of the hat, there are plenty of opportunities to remain. With its 570-liter trunk despite the presence of lithium-ion batteries under the floor, the trunk performs better than that of compact family SUVs and largely beats the hybrid versions of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC.
The rear passengers also benefit from a lot of space, but those in the front will not be impressed by the dashboard upgrade despite the attractive style and good collection quality.
Note that our trial versions of the previous series are in line with Homura’s discounted rate (€ 56,550) and that the high-end Takumi variant (€ 58,050), reached a few days ago during the official presentation, made a better appearance for the skin beautiful and true appearance. elegant environment.
The devices are flawless (automatic two-way air conditioner, Apple Carplay & Android Auto’s smart phone connectivity, trip controls and route setting, 360-degree cameras, etc.) and device lovers will enjoy a fantastic system, you allow. car to automatically adjust the seat position and steering wheel by analyzing the driver’s eyes (after showing your height on the board computer). The CX-60 then changes the settings itself to keep you comfortable, even if fans driving around the steering wheel may find themselves too far away for their taste.
A group of digital instruments and a 12.3-inch center screen work well, but the graphics seem a bit dated. Mazda is still reluctant to use touch screen features and only allows them to be quiet. As soon as the car starts moving, so you must use the knife under the center dashboard to go through the main screen menus.
Installed on the controls of this great hybrid baby who is also known as the most powerful Mazda in history, the start takes place in complete silence. The CX-60 has a 17.8 kWh battery, which uses a 136 horsepower electric motor mounted on the back to support the 192 horsepower four-cylinder combustion engine (with a total output of 327 horsepower and a total torque of 500 Nm ). The battery theoretically allows you to travel 63 miles in all electrical conditions according to the WLTP authentication standard, a figure that seems to be true for us in the best conditions (in the city without much acceleration). On our experimental route, on the other hand, an improper road profile (especially in a good rural area swallowed greedily) only allowed us to exceed 40 kilometers of electricity, and to wake up a few to four cylinders during the experiment. real-time acceleration (over 34 kWh / 100 kilometers of electricity consumption recorded on this route). Despite the lack of controlled pollution, the CX-60 impresses its occupants well. On the other hand, the sheer weight of the operation (including in the Comfort mode) is a bit surprising, especially since this consistency does not go hand in hand with a particular sense of fact and information.
And when you turn on the Game mode before speeding up on a good Portuguese road, the pledges of the brand’s contacts during a press conference disappear immediately: not only does electric power not shine with its performance (despite claiming 0 to 100 km ). / h in 5.8 seconds), but the feeling of driving is not sporty. In fact, we are talking here about an SUV weighing more than two tons and it would be ridiculous to expect such a pachyderm to live like the GT. But with slow (and even sticky) speeds, a bit of laziness and a bit of feedback, the SUV stays away from the X3 or Q5 at this level and we want to quickly slow down. It is impossible, under these conditions, to feel the contribution of this newly branded architecture or all-wheel drive that has been declared very modern. At full load, the transmission noise (reminiscent of the sound of a large Dodge Hellcat style compressor!) And the coveted natural engine are even disturbing in this type of machine. OK, we welcome the precise operation of the new automatic gearbox launched by this model, the Mercedes-Benz Speedshift multi-disk clutch system that provides excellent response even in manual mode.
At the end of a short run of less than two hours and one hundred kilometers covered, the tablet shows 6.3 liters per 100 kilometers. A number that does not mean much since we left with a full battery at the beginning, batteries that only needed four hours to recharge at a 220 volt outlet.