Mazda has revealed details of a new powertrain for its CX-60 SUV, with two iterations of this hybrid diesel engine arriving next year. The announcement ties in with Mazda’s plans to offer a ‘multi-solution approach’ that “will better suit the local market and society’s demand for sustainability”.
The diesel engine options represent the first time we’ll see Mazda’s new e-Skyactive D technology, which combines a 3.3-litre inline-six with 48v hybrid assistance. The most powerful model offers 251 hp and 550 Nm of torque, sending its power through Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive system. This is enough to accelerate the CX-60 from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. The less powerful version musters 197bhp.
With the new CX-60, Mazda is putting Audi and BMW squarely in its crosshairs. The company is moving upmarket to take on premium German brands, and the CX-60 brings a sumptuous cabin, hybrid power and sleek design to the table to rival the BMW X3. The flagship SUV is on sale now, with prices starting from £43,950.
The CX-60 is larger than the CX-5 crossover and features an evolution of Mazda’s ‘Kodo’ design language that specializes in simplicity and cleverly reflective surfaces. The front end features a large winged radiator grille that blends into the headlights with thin strips of LED lights (doubling as indicators), in keeping with Mazda’s current familiar face. Sharp grooves highlight the wheel arches and side sills, though the rest of the design is mostly uncluttered. There’s a subtle twist to the bodywork along the flanks, with a pair of elongated taillights, quad exhaust tips and a roof spoiler finishing off the rear, fitting in with what the production car will be. Mazda’s most powerful car to date.
The CX-60 features new powertrains across the range. In addition to the new e-Skyactive D diesel options, it will be offered as a petrol plug-in hybrid, combining a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total of 323PS. Drive is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, allowing the CX-60 to accelerate to 62 mph from rest in just 5.8 seconds.
The electric motor is powered by a 17.8kWh battery that can be recharged in four hours from a home wallbox. Mazda claims the CX-60 can drive up to 37 miles in pure electric mode, at speeds of up to 62mph, while the brand cites an efficiency of 188mpg and 33g/km CO2.
Fuel economy drops a bit for mild-hybrid diesel models. The most powerful 251bhp model achieves 53.3mpg on a combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 137g/km and the least powerful model returns 57.6mph and 127g/km.
The 3.3-litre inline-six diesel with 48V mild-hybrid technology will launch later this year, followed by the 3.0-litre inline-six petrol model in 2023, again with a mild-hybrid system and Skyactiv from Mazda. X-spark compression ignition technology. These engines are compatible with both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations.
The CX-60 uses Mazda’s Skyactiv scalable architecture and adopts the MX-5 sports car’s kinematic posture control system. This applies the brakes to the inside rear wheel to contain body roll, and the batteries for the hybrid system are mounted between the CX-60’s front and rear axles for more composed handling. Mazda claims the six-cylinder diesels weigh about the same as its existing 2.2-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv D, which should further help prevent body roll.
There are three drive modes to choose from; Normal, Sport, Off-Road, Trailer and EV modes depending on the scenario, and Hill Decent Control allows the car to slide down steep and slippery slopes.
The CX-60 cabin continues the premium theme, with high-spec cars trimmed in high-quality cloth, wood and leather. The multi-layer dash design also features metallic accents, along with a suite of physical climate controls. A widescreen infotainment display operated by a click wheel is joined by a fully digital instrument panel.
Despite the packaging complications of the hybrid system, the CX-60 offers 570 liters of boot capacity, which is on par with its rivals.
The car can be specified in three trim levels: Exclusive-Line, Homura, and the high-spec Takumi model. Exclusive line cars start from £43,950, with the Homura and Takumi variants priced at £46,700 and £48,050 respectively.
The base car has 18-inch wheels and black body cladding, with Homura spec adding 20-inch black wheels, body-color wheel arches, black exterior mirrors, and blacked-out front grille trim. Inside, the second-tier model gets an extra kit that includes heated rear seats, ambient lighting, and an automatic seat-adjustment system.
This allows the driver to specify their height in the infotainment system, with interior cameras detecting the position of their eyes and adjusting the seat, steering wheel and mirrors to suit. The car then uses facial recognition to apply these settings for different drivers, along with weather and media preferences.
The top-of-the-line Takumi gets body-color exterior mirrors, along with a gloss black grille mesh and chrome trim for the grille surround and side window trim.
The cheaper CX-60 Exclusive-Line is the only version available with the £1,400 Comfort Pack, which brings 20-inch alloy wheels, power ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. The automatic driving position function is also included.
A panoramic sunroof can be specified with Homura and Takumi models, along with two option packages. The £1,000 Convenience Pack brings tinted windows, wireless phone charging and a ‘clear view’ 360-degree parking camera, which allows the driver to see the position of the car from the inside out on the infotainment screen. . A driver assistance package adds a host of active safety tech for £1,100.
The CX-60 is available to order now in PHEV form, with deliveries starting in September, Mazda says the CX-60 diesels will arrive in the UK in the first quarter of 2023.
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