It can cover 63 kilometers (39 miles) in purely electric mode.
Mazda is launching an SUV assault with the 2023 CX-60, which will be sold in Europe, Japan, and other territories. Although it appears to be a familiar model, it is actually a brand-new vehicle with rear-wheel-drive underpinnings known as the Skyactiv Multi Solution Scalable Architecture. It’s the company’s first plug-in hybrid model, and it’s equipped with the i-Activ AWD system, which predominantly drives the back wheels.
The PHEV variant, which combines a normally aspirated 2.5-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor, will be the first to hit the market. The combustion engine produces 189 horsepower (141 kilowatts) at 6,000 rpm and 261 Newton-meters (193 pound-feet) of torque starting at 4,000 rpm, according to Mazda. As for the electric motor, it has been rated at 134 hp (100 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft). The e-Skyactiv produces a respectable 323 horsepower (241 kW) and 500 Nm of torque when combined (369 lb-ft).
The CX-60, which is part of Mazda’s newly formed “Large Product Group,” will reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.8 seconds. When used as a PHEV, it will be electronically limited to 124 mph (200 km/h) and 87 mph (140 km/h) when the ICE is turned off. In terms of zero-emissions operation, the lithium-ion battery pack has a 17.8-kWh capacity and a WLTP combined cycle range of up to 63 kilometres (39 miles).
The Mazda CX-60 is 4,745 millimetres (186.8 inches) long, 1,890 millimetres (74.4 inches) wide, and 1,670 millimetres (65.7 inches) height, with a wheelbase of 2,870 millimetres (113 in). In comparison to the recently announced FWD-based CX-50, which is only available in North America, it is slightly larger in every aspect. The CX-70 for the United States will have a bigger body but two rows of seats.
Because weight is often an issue with PHEVs, it’s worth noting that the Mazda CX-60 weighs 2,070 kilogrammes (4,564 pounds) with the 20-inch wheels and 2,055 kilos (4,530 pounds) with the regular 18-inch alloys. It’s the unladen weight, which accounts for a 75-kg (165-pound) driver and a 90 percent full fuel tank (50 litres or 13.2 gallons in this case).
The CX-60 has a large bonnet to allow longitudinally placed engines and is finished in a new Rhodium White Premium Metallic paint. Since we’re on the issue, the four-cylinder PHEV will be followed by gasoline and diesel engines with inline six cylinders. The former will be known as e-Skyactiv X and will have a 3.0-liter displacement, while the latter will be a 3.3-liter Skyactiv-D. Both use 48-volt mild-hybrid technology to reduce fuel usage and pollution.
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All three powertrains work with a newly developed eight-speed automatic transmission with a multi-plate clutch replacing the hydraulic torque converter. In the case of the PHEV, the electric motor is built into the transmission and works directly on the input shaft for a quicker response. Once you’re out of battery juice, it can be recharged at 7.2 kW, but Mazda isn’t saying how long it takes. We do know regenerative braking is supported.
The inside is rather elegant, and it has a Volvo-like feel to it, emphasising Mazda’s desire to become a full-fledged luxury brand. The industry’s tendency toward fewer buttons is visible here, but not to the point of being excessive, as there is still a row of tactile controls. Thankfully, not everything has been included into the infotainment system, which can be operated via the 12.3-inch touchscreen or the rotary knob. The primary display’s diagonal is the same as the digital instrument cluster’s.
The Mazda CX-60 will be available in Germany in four trim levels: Prime, Exclusive, Homura, and Takumi, with prices ranging from €47,390 to €52,890. The white paint will set you back an additional €950. Depending on the model, options such as a panoramic glass roof, a driver aid package, and leather upholstery convenience and sound package will be available.
It will be followed within the next two years by a larger, three-row CX-80, dubbed the widebody CX-90 in the United States.
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