Mazda goes premium with first ever CX-60

Mazda is officially shifting up-market with the launch of the first ever CX-60 SUV, which is, according to the Japanese car maker, setting a new benchmark in style, quality and performance for the brand.

Arriving in June 2023, the CX-60 is the debut vehicle from their large product group and introduces three sophisticated new powertrains – all of them hybrid. This includes inline-six turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, and Mazda’s first-ever plug-in hybrid.

The latter is known as the e-Skyactiv PHEV and offers 241kW of power and 500Nm of torque from its 100kW electric motor and Skyactiv-G 2.5-litre, four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine. Its 100 km/h sprint time from rest takes just 5.9 seconds.

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Overall range in EV mode is up to 76km at speeds of up to 100km/h and fuel consumption is rated at a remarkably low 2.1-litres/100km. The 355V 17.8kWh high-capacity lithium-ion battery can be fully charged from empty in 2.5 hours using a 7.2 kW AC charger.

The 6-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel both share a 3.3-litre capacity, with each utilising Mazda’s 48V M Hybrid Boost technology. The large capacity improves efficiency with the higher volume of air enabling more complete combustion to lower fuel use.

In the e-Skyactiv G turbo petrol engine, this results in performance well above that of the Mazda CX-5’s 2.5 litre turbo (0-100km/h takes 6.9 seconds), but with much better fuel economy – closer to a naturally aspirated 2.5 litre.

Mazda’s right-sizing approach to engine design gives the e-Skyactiv D turbo diesel a similar weight to that of a conventional four-cylinder diesel. It also offers a broad speed range at which lean burn can occur.

The results are impressive with power at 187kW and 550Nm of torque. Acceleration to 100km/h takes 7.3 seconds, with robust in-gear performance at highway speeds for brisk overtaking and manoeuvrability. Fuel consumption is 4.9-litres/100km.

All engines are combined with a newly developed Skyactiv-Drive eight-speed automatic transmission. Smooth and responsive, it uses a wider gear range that delivers an optimal balance between driving and environmental performance.

The use of a clutch in place of a torque converter means switching between gears is clean and rhythmic. It also enables accurate control of the M Hybrid Boost electric motor in the 48V mild hybrid system (where fitted).

The powerplants can be mated to any one of three highly specified model grades – Evolve, GT or Azami – and customised further with safety and styling option packs. The new rear-biased i-Activ all-wheel drive system is also fitted to all versions of the Mazda CX-60.

This is supported by Mi-Drive, which helps the driver easily switch between five different driving modes, each to suit a different driving situation: Normal, Sport, Off-Road, Towing and EV (PHEV only).

The Mazda CX-60 Evolve features 18-inch alloy wheels in a grey metallic finish and body-colour exterior rear-view mirrors. The front bumper with honeycomb-type grille is matched by the stylish rear design which features bright chrome exhaust finishers.

The black interior gives the cabin a sense of depth and a classic, elegant look. The front eight-way adjustable seats, instrument panel and side door trims are upholstered in Maztex leatherette and the steering wheel and gear shift knob are trimmed in leather.

Technology includes a 10.25-inch full colour widescreen display (Mazda Connect), active driving display, 7-inch TFT LCD multi-information meter display (6-cylinder, 12.3-inch for the PHEV), a 360-view monitor and 8-speaker sound system with DAB+ digital radio.

Blind spot monitoring with vehicle exit warning, front and rear parking sensors, satellite navigation, smart brake support with turn-across traffic detection, a wireless phone charger and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, also feature.

The GT comes fitted with black 20-inch alloy wheels, a gloss-black front honeycomb grille, body-colour wheel arches and lower cladding. The interior – in black or Revera Stone – comes fitted with leather-upholstered seats and offers a welcoming sense of luxury.

It adds the 12.3-inch TFT LCD meter display, driver monitor, electric steering wheel adjustment, hands-free remote operated power tailgate (open/close), heated steering wheel, LED headlamps, and a panoramic sunroof.

A premium Bose amplifier with 12 speakers and heated front and rear seats are also included. On the range topping Azami, you’ll find black machine-cut 20-inch alloy wheels, and adaptive LED headlamps with bright signature lighting.

There’s also a front bumper with bar-type grille, and a mix of woven textile fabrics and Nappa leather upholstery, along with cruising and traffic support, LED ambient lighting, and heated and ventilated front seats.

Additionally, four different option packs are available with the CX-60, including a Vision Technology package, Luxury package, Takumi package (which adds white Nappa leather), and an SP package – which adds a suede and tan interior and dark highlights.

A range of i-Activsense driver assistance systems span the range, including see-through view, hill descent control, i-adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition, as well as driver entry/exit assist.

External colour includes new hero colour Rhodium White Premium Metallic, along with Jet Black Mica, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic, Machine Grey Metallic, Soul Red Crystal Metallic and Platinum Quartz Metallic.

Price-wise the 2023 Mazda CX-60 Evolve kicks off at $59,800 for the 3.3-litre petrol variant, $61,800 for the diesel and $72,300 for the PHEV. The GT opens at $67,800, and steps to $69,800 and $80,492 respectively.

The Azami opens at $74,154 and similarly moves through to $75,000 and $87,252. All prices are plus on-roads. To find out more, contact your local Mazda dealer. If you’re keen on one, and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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