The Mazda CX-60 live: start to worry Germans…

The Mazda CX-60 live: start to worry Germans...

Mazda has a new offensive in mind and points directly to the segment premium. The beginning of it is Mazda CX-60, the brand’s new plug-in hybrid. Positioned in the M-SUV segment, the objective is to steal a good piece of the cake from models such as the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the BMW X3, the Lexus NX or the Audi Q5.

Today the Japanese company has shown it to us in person. The truth is that it looks tremendous, especially for the quality of the materials. Essentially the Mazda CX-60 stands on four pillars, which are design, technology, perceived quality and electrification. It will initially be offered as a plug-in hybrid, but we will also see a gasoline and a diesel.

The Mazda CX-60 live: start to worry Germans...

The new Mazda CX-60 is the first of two new models that will make use of big platform or large product. This plug-in hybrid reflects Mazda’s commitment to a multi-solution vision of sustainable mobility; as well as its vocation to offer the most appropriate option for the client wherever he is.

The Mazda CX-60 in the not too distant future will be joined by the Mazda CX-80. This will be a model with three rows of seats. The CX-60 and CX-80 will be sold in Europe and Japan; while the more CX-70 and CX-90 will only be available in North America. We will also see the update of the Mazda MX-30. This will debut an “extended range” version with a rotary engine.

The Mazda CX-60 live: start to worry Germans...

Design and quality for the Mazda CX-60

The new CX-60 has a very Mazda design that mixes dynamism with elegance thanks to the Kodo concept. In dimensions, measure 4745mm long, 1,890mm wide and 1,680mm high. The wheelbase is no less than 2,870mm. The elegant, high-quality interior design is also unmistakably Mazda.

There are multiple nods to Japanese aesthetics and the quality level has little or nothing to envy to referents like Audi or BMW. In my opinion, it is even above brands like Lexus or Mercedes-Benz, which are using rigid plastics a lot. Nor does it detract from the comfort equipment, which is abundant.

The Mazda CX-60 live: start to worry Germans...

Curiously, there is no tri-zone climate control. The instrumentation and multimedia system screens measure 12.3 inches.

According to the latest information provided by the brand, the CX-60 incorporates the latest evolution of the design philosophy Kodo from Mazda. It is combined with the Japanese concept of Ma. This is “the calm and dignified beauty of empty space”. Both are joined by the ideas of Kaichodescribed as “the harmony that arises from mixing different materials and textures”.

In that context, the interior of the CX-60 is minimalist. It has interesting details in the fabric upholstery that communicate Japanese craftsmanship. The high quality materials they include maple wood, Nappa leather, Japanese textiles over woven fabrics, and chrome accents. Mazda has also talked about “Musubu”, a textile bonding technique.

The Mazda CX-60 live: start to worry Germans...

The new Mazda CX-60 has a trunk that offers 570 liters capacity. It can be expanded up to 1,148 litres. It is not affected by the batteries in the case of the PHEV, they all have the same capacity. Inside, the new facial and voice recognition system that allows you to store up to six profiles and 250 user data.

There is also no complete equipment i-Activsense security technologies driver assistance. There are several novelties in active safety:

  • 360° vision monitor that improves visibility through the vehicle during low-speed driving (See-Through View).
  • Intersection Assistant (TAP).
  • Rear pedestrian detection (SBS-R).
  • Emergency lane keeping (ELK).
  • Intelligent speed assistant (i-ACC).
  • Assistance function when leaving the passenger compartment (BSM Vehicle Exit Warning).

The Mazda CX-60 live: start to worry Germans...

The space in the second row is good for two large and tall adults to travel comfortably.

Engines for all tastes

The Mazda CX-60 e-Skyactiv PHEV It is the first in a series of plug-in hybrid models that the brand will introduce in Europe. Its combustion engine is a 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine and four cylinders in line with direct injection. It is combined with a 100 kW electric motor and a 17.8 kWh gross 355 V high capacity battery.

It transmits power to both axles through an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. The sum of both motors delivers a total power of 327 hp (241 kW) and 500Nm of maximum torque. This makes the Mazda CX-60 PHEV the most powerful series production model in the company’s history.

The Mazda CX-60 live: start to worry Germans...

Its performance is very good, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds. According to the brand, WLTP fuel consumption in combined cycle is only 1.5l/100km. The WLTP electric range is 63 kilometers less than 100 km/h (68 km in urban cycle). All technology is 100% Mazda, not Toyota heritage.

The battery is fully charged from empty in 4 hours. We can do it with a normal AC charger (7.2kw) compatible with the 220-240 V electrical network. The high-voltage battery has been placed between the front and rear axles, in a position as low as possible within the bodywork, so that the center of gravity is especially low .

The Mazda CX-60 live: start to worry Germans...

In gasoline and diesel, the traction can be rear or total.

The second powertrain option consists of a e-Skyactiv X petrol (2023) 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. Mazda will also sell the CX-60 with an inline six-cylinder diesel engine (2022) e-Skyactive D of 3.3 liters. Both have 48-volt mild hybrid technology (DGT ECO badge) and eight-speed transmission.

4 finishes and 4 packages for the Mazda CX-60

The first units will arrive in the last quarter of the year. The initial offer can be requested with the finishes Prime-Line, Exclusive-Line, Homura and Takumi. The first already has Full LED headlights, dual automatic climate control, multimedia system with a 12.3-inch touch screen, Apple Car Play and Android Auto no wires…

Also serial are the blind spot object detector, pre-collision warning, automatic city braking, automatic lighting, rear parking sensor, integrated browser, heated mirrors, four electric windows, folding rear seat, fog lights, light alloy wheels and electric parking brake, among others.

The Mazda CX-60 live: start to worry Germans...

Level Exclusive Line adds rear view camera, SmartBeam, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, keyless access, push button start, front parking sensors, Head Up Display and larger alloy wheels, among many other items of equipment.

the termination Homure it already jumps to another rung in terms of luxury. Add to all of the above the black leather upholstery, the LED interior lighting package, mirrors, front grille and alloy wheels finished in black, elimination of the chrome package, dark interior environment…

The Mazda CX-60 live: start to worry Germans...

Finally, the highest level takumi Enjoy the upholstery in white “nappa” leather, 20-inch alloy wheels with a specific design, decorative natural wood appliqués, an extended ambient LED interior LED pack also for the rear seats, tinted windows and a long list of equipment.

The prices for the Mazda CX-60 PHEV range without discounts or promotions are the following:

Prime Line Executive Line Homure takumi
2.5 PHEV 327 hp AWD €50,268 €51,818 €54,168 €55,718

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