Mazda’s CX-60 Gives an Early Glimpse of the Model’s Upscale SUVs

Mazda’s CX-60 Gives an Early Glimpse of the Model’s Upscale SUVs

Mazda’s push upscale enters a brand new section with the freshly launched European-market CX-60, a mannequin that’s intently associated to the CX-70 we will purchase right here. And early indicators are promising.

Sitting on Mazda’s new Skyactiv scalable structure, the CX-60 is the primary in a collection of longitudinally engined SUVs supposed to maneuver the model positioning nearer to premium rivals. The CX-70 might be wider and, we’re advised, styled with American tastes in thoughts—that means it ought to possess extra visible presence than the considerably timid-looking CX-60, which is roughly the dimensions of a BMW X3.

Nevertheless, now we have nothing however reward for the standard and magnificence of the CX-60’s cabin, which Mazda says modern Japanese design has impressed. Our pattern automotive, within the plushest Takumi specification, featured wooden door trim, a dashboard confronted with woven cloth, and glossy steel accents that appeared impressed by the fenders of a ’50s Cadillac. Digital devices and a 12.3-inch central show display are normal, however the CX-60 retains typical HVAC controls, and the CX-70 possible will too. Unusually, though the massive show helps contact enter when working Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, it does not for Mazda’s native navigation system, which nonetheless must be commanded by way of the click-wheel controller.

Being a Mazda, there’s loads of powertrain innovation. The bottom powerplant, which has but to reach in Europe however must be within the U.S. CX-70 at launch, might be a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-six that makes use of variable compression and foregoes the turbocharging that has grow to be all however normal on this a part of the market. In Europe, the CX-60 can even be provided with a brand new 3.3-liter e-Skyactiv D diesel-six—for which Mazda is concentrating on a formidable thermal effectivity of greater than 40 p.c—however that is extremely unlikely to make it to the States. Energy and torque scores haven’t been revealed.

The automotive we drove was fitted with the least thrilling new powerplant, though probably the most modern one. This can be a plug-in hybrid, Mazda’s first, and we anticipate it is going to be provided within the CX-70 as nicely. It makes use of the 188-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder from the CX-5 together with a 173-hp electrical motor that sits between the engine and a brand new eight-speed gearbox.

The transmission makes use of an electronically managed clutch pack reasonably than a torque converter to help low-speed effectivity, and the identical gearbox is about to be provided with the six-cylinder engines. Whole system output for the PHEV is 323 horsepower, with a 17.8-kWh battery pack capable of ship as much as 39 miles of EV vary underneath Europe’s usually optimistic WLTP testing protocol. Whereas a formidable determine, that is nonetheless in need of the Euro-cycle EV vary outcomes for the Toyota RAV4 PHEV or the Volvo XC60 Recharge T8 Prolonged Vary PHEV. The Mazda’s battery may be absolutely recharged from 240-volt Degree 2 gear in a claimed two hours, 20 minutes or, alternatively, topped off courtesy of the engine burning additional gasoline.

Underneath electrical energy, the CX-60 PHEV is easy and refined. The motor drives by way of the gearbox, so there’s the weird (for an EV) sensation of gears shifting, and there’s sufficient urge to maintain forward of city site visitors. However the transition to combustion energy is much less elegant, even utilizing the blended Hybrid mode, with a noticeable pause because the four-cylinder fires up. As within the CX-5, the two.5-liter will not be a charismatic companion, rising loud and sounding more and more coarse when labored arduous. Though the redline is 6500 rpm, the engine already feels tight and reluctant at 5500 rpm. As soon as all the things is pulling, acceleration is robust—an estimated low- to mid-five-second 60-mph time ought to make this the model’s quickest automotive for the reason that RX-7. But it surely appears possible the six-cylinder gasoline engine might be rather more of an experiential spotlight.

Thankfully, the chassis is extra satisfying than the engine, combining compliance and athleticism within the most interesting Mazda custom. The CX-60 resists understeer nicely for a car of its dimension and form, though there’s little sense of the rear torque bias Mazda claims for the PHEV’s all-wheel-drive system. Experience high quality is on the agency facet however stayed acceptable even when using on the (largest out there) 20-inch wheels, with physique management staying tight throughout arduous cornering.

Whereas the CX-70 might be a distinct automotive—as will the associated CX-90—our first impression of Mazda’s new structure is optimistic. And though the corporate’s first plug-in-hybrid system is much less spectacular, we’re nonetheless very a lot wanting ahead to experiencing the brand new straight-six engine.



2023 Mazda CX-60

Car Sort: front-engine, mid-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon


e-SKYACTIV PHEV Unique-Line, $42,450; Homura, $45,100; Takumi, $46,400 (GBP expressed in USD)


DOHC 16-valve 2.5-liter inline-4, 188 hp, 193 lb-ft + AC motor, 173 hp, 199 lb-ft (mixed output: 323 hp, 369 lb-ft; 17.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack; 7.2-kW onboard charger)

Transmission: 8-speed computerized


Wheelbase: 113.0 in

Size: 186.8 in

Width: 74.4 in

Top: 66.1 in

Passenger Quantity: 106 ft3

Cargo Quantity: 20 ft3

Curb Weight (C/D est): 4500 lb


60 mph: 5.3 sec

100 mph: 13.6 sec

1/4-Mile: 13.8 sec

High Velocity: 124 mph


Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 36/37/34 mpg

Mixed Gasoline + Electrical energy: 63 MPGe

EV Vary: 35 mi

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