The 2023 Mazda CX-60, the Japanese automaker’s first plug-in, will be unveiled on March 8.

The 2023 Mazda CX-60, the Japanese automaker’s first plug-in, will be unveiled on March 8.


Japanese Mazda submitted teases the upcoming CX-60, an SUV that will be offered in plug-in hybrid form (PHEV), a first for the brand in the segment. Under the hood, the car will have a 2.5-liter gasoline engine that is part of a hybrid system that is meant to produce more than 303 hp (223 kW).

In its announcement, Mazda reported the reveal date of the CX-60: March 8, 2022. So far, however, there are no further details about the car. Instead, it was confirmed that another SUV will join the lineup after its launch, the CX-80.

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This other SUV will have three rows of seats, but it is not known if the car will come with the same PHEV drivetrain (which would make sense). Either way, the Mazda CX-60 PHEV is the first of two new models in the company’s “Big Product Group” program (the CX-80 is the second), which will be launched over the next two years.

A large group of Mazda products

Mazda’s first plug-in hybrid design will provide smooth and powerful acceleration, according to the automaker, “giving the driver more confidence and driving pleasure in the widest possible range of driving scenarios.” In the large group of products of the Japanese brand, CX-60, CX-70, CX-80 and CX-90 are included. Two are being sent to Europe (CX-60 and CX-80), while the other two will be sold only in America.

Mazda was the only company to offer a rotary engine in a modern production car, as well as the only brand to go against the downsizing trend. Instead of reducing its gasoline engine lineup, Mazda used conventionally aspirated engines and improved their efficiency.

Similar decisions have been made about the company’s range of diesel engines, which are slightly larger in displacement than those offered by rival brands. However, they still compete in all other respects.

In the US, the CX-70 will join the three-row CX-90, also with a wider body compared to the CX-80. These products are designed to fit not only PHEV engines, but also the new family of six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines with limited hybrid configurations.

There’s no word on the beefier combustion engines coming to Europe, but Mazda has at least confirmed they’ll be in the new SUV it sells in the US. Although not specified by the automaker, all four models are expected to ride on the new rear-wheel drive platform.

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