Mazda will introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the CX-60 crossover for the European market in 2022. We were able to examine the model in advance and display it to the audience. Mazda has previously registered the series designations CX-10 through CX-90 with the European Patent Office for class “12” (automobile) before the end of 2019.
The Japanese announced the release of the CX-80 and CX-60 for the European market towards the end of 2021. Both versions are intended for rear-wheel drive and I-Active all-wheel drive based on the “Large Architecture.” The Mazda CX-60 features two rows of seating and five seats, however, it is somewhat smaller than the US-only CX-50 that was recently introduced.
The six-cylinder engines introduced with the new platform will be 48-volt mild hybrids. First, a 3.3-liter diesel engine with two power levels is introduced, followed shortly afterward by a three-liter Skyactiv-X gasoline engine with compression ignition. Before 2023, however, the Mazda CX-60 will no longer be available with a six-cylinder engine.
Mazda CX-60 with 327 horsepower plug-in hybrid
At the debut of their new SUV flagship in the summer of 2022, the Japanese want to predominantly target corporate vehicle drivers. And today, a plug-in hybrid is at the top of the wish list, mostly due to the tax benefits of the financial gain. The first plug-in hybrid produced by Mazda is also the brand’s most powerful production vehicle to date. The system is rated at 241 kW/327 hp, with a maximum torque of 500 Newton meters.
Under the big hood is a familiar but updated 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. It produces 141 kW / 191 horsepower and 261 Newton meters of maximum torque at 4,000 rpm. His sparring companion is an electric motor producing 100 kW (136 horsepower). The machine is housed in the normal eight-speed automatic casing. Its power operates directly on the input shaft, and the conventional hydraulic torque converter has been replaced with a multi-disc input clutch.
Two hours of charging time at the wall box
A 17.8 kWh lithium-ion battery is positioned between the vehicle’s axles on the vehicle’s floor. The net quantity of useful energy should be around 14.5 kWh. The Mazda CX-60’s onboard charger supports two-phase AC charging with a maximum of 7.2 kW. To fully charge the battery, the vehicle should be parked at a wall box or charging station for slightly over two hours.
The brand’s first PHEV can be charged in two hours at a wall box. There is a range of 63 kilometers.
According to Mazda’s early technical data, the base model’s electric-only range is up to 63 kilometers. The CX-60 uses between 1.5 and 1.6 liters of gasoline and 17.1 kWh of electricity per 100 kilometers in accordance with the WLTP standard. In electric driving mode, speeds of up to 140 kilometers per hour should be attainable.
The hybrid SUV’s top speed is restricted to 200 km/h. The acceleration from zero to 100 km/h is estimated to take 5.8 seconds. Not bad considering the curb weight of more than two tons. Obviously, if the SUV’s longitudinal dynamics are depleted, the stated consumption numbers cannot be attained.
In the large class, permanent four-wheel drive is usually standard, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer for a Mazda with a genuine rear-wheel drive. Or opt for the MX-5 Roadster. However, the CX-60’s main drive axle is located at the back, where 90 percent of the driving force is typically sent to the wheels. Depending on the driving conditions, up to fifty percent of the vehicles arrive first.
Initial inspection of the Mazda CX-60
When becoming acquainted with the Mazda CX-60, none of these features may be used. In anticipation of the international premiere, a pre-series model in a studio asks you out on a date.
It was permitted for our 1.92-meter-tall author to approach the similarly sized Mazda SUV.
Even at first sight, it is evident that the Mazda CX-60, with its dimensions of 4,745 mm in length, 1,870 mm in width, and 1,680 mm in height, is a large vehicle. He looks like that too.
The passenger compartment is positioned relatively far back, with short front overhangs and extensive rear overhangs that emphasize the rear-wheel-drive architecture of the platform. Due to the steep A-pillars, whose foot has fallen rearward, the hood bulges. The dimensions somewhat resemble those of the Maserati Levante.
The new color “Rhodium White” is applied to the wheel arches of the SUV, which is equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels. They are standard equipment for the Takumi brand of superior equipment. This Japanese phrase refers to a specialist in his field.
Interior with prestigious details
The designers promise exquisite interior elements in particular. The seats are covered in Nappa leather white. The door panels, center console, and dashboard are upholstered in a fabric whose intricate pattern is supposed to be inspired by kimonos. In addition, the cockpit has a wood veneer.
The first fingertip test reveals that the Mazda CX-60’s materials not only appear but also feel luxurious. This is mirrored by the organized cockpit layout. Here Mazda keeps faithful to its beliefs. Unfortunately, the doors’ storage sections are not lined with felt, which does not complement the high-quality atmosphere.
All aspects of the entertainment system are simply accessible through the central rotating pushbutton in the center console, which also contributes to the interior’s upscale appearance.
The material of the infotainment system is shown on a 12.3-inch broad screen. In the CX-60, all functions are also controlled through a conveniently located rotary pushbutton on the center console. The content of a smartphone integrated through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay can only be accessed via the touchscreen while the car is stationary.
There are also physical knobs and buttons on the temperature controls and multifunction steering wheel. Behind it is a 12.3-inch display for the instruments, which are now digitally implemented.
Slightly restricted headroom
As part of the “Driver Personalization System,” an inside camera detected that he was in the driver’s seat. If your height was previously registered in the relevant menu, the system will automatically adjust the seat and outside mirror positions.
This should provide an appropriate posture for the driver. You may then save additional preferences, such as your preferred interior temperature and radio station, to the saved profile. This option is offered as part of a comfort package for the Homura and Takumi trim levels.
The author finds sufficient legroom on the rear bench, although there is limited headroom.
In both rows, there is more than ample room. The 1.92-meter-tall author finds sufficient knee space behind the front seat, which is positioned far back, but the optional panoramic sunroof and its mechanisms significantly constrain headroom.
The Mazda CX-60 can accommodate up to 1,726 liters of goods when the rear seats are folded down. Standard equipment includes a divider net that may also be secured to the ceiling behind the first row of seats.
Prices from 47,390 euros
Before subtracting the environmental incentive, the price list for the Mazda CX-60 plug-in hybrid begins at EUR 47,390 with the Prime-Line equipment package. Standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels and cloth seats that are manually adjustable.
Even the base model has a navigation system, but there is no head-up display. This vehicle is equipped with 20-inch wheels, a reverse camera, front parking sensors, heated seats and steering wheel, and a keyless start system. It costs 49,010 euros for the CX-60 Exclusive-Line.
Matrix LED headlights with adjustable capabilities are unique to him. This requires an extra investment of 1,600 euros in the “Driver Assistance” package, which includes a cruise control system with traffic jam assistance (in the range of 0 to 150 km/h), cross-traffic warning with emergency braking, and dimming mirrors. Additionally, there is an extra driving mode for pulling a trailer. In addition, the hybrid SUV’s maximum towing capability is 2,500 kg.
Unlike previous series, the Mazda CX-60 Homura is offered as a dynamically focused equipment line that is not a specific model. It replaces a Sports Line model and is priced at 51,390 euros. The 20-inch wheels, radiator grille, and window moldings are all painted black, while the inside is upholstered in black leather. The Mazda CX-60 Takumi is superior because of its increased chrome accents, two-tone wheels, and brilliant interior. It costs 52,890 euros.
With the new CX-60, Mazda hopes to infiltrate the luxury segment in the future; the plug-in hybrid is designed to appeal largely to business vehicle drivers. Initial communication with the Japanese indicates that further conquests are likely. The CX-60 has an attractive exterior design, ample internal room, and premium materials. The base price for the electrified variant with a luxurious 237 horsepower system output is 47,390 euros. The announced six-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines will not be available until 2023 or 2024.