The Mazda CX-60 is a plug-in hybrid car in the luxury class

Mazda CX-60
Part-time electric car with attention to detail

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The Japanese manufacturer is rounding out the model range with its first plug-in hybrid – and is pushing deeper into the luxury segment. Sales expectations are high even after the end of government support.

The CX-60 is Mazda’s new flagship.

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German Mazda dealers have been eagerly awaiting the first PHEV: now it has finally arrived – albeit unfortunately a few months before government subsidies are due to end.

The electric motor celebrates the debut of the Mazda CX-60 flagship. It is also the first model to be based on the Japanese manufacturer’s new large platform. This is specifically designed for rear wheel drive and all wheel drive models.

The expectations that Mazda Germany has for its new top-of-the-line model, which will only be available as a PHEV variant at market launch in mid-September, are high. After all, 5,000 sales contracts were signed at the pre-sale stage.

In order to maintain the momentum, especially in the first few weeks after the official market launch, Mazda and its dealers have also guaranteed a pre-environmental bonus for vehicles that will not be delivered until 2023. Currently, the promotion is only valid for customers who rent the highly-equipped CX-60 from through Mazda Finance by the end of September.

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In its first full year of sales, Mazda Germany Managing Director Bernhard Kaplan is confident the CX-60 will be around 10,000 new registrations. After that, buyers will have a choice between a hybrid engine with a newly developed diesel engine. The latter is expected to be available from early 2023. It can already be booked now.

As a part-time electric car, the elegant 4.7-meter crossover, which Mazda has advanced deeply in the luxury class, costs at least 47,390 euros. The distinctive character is revealed shortly after you sit in the comfortable driver’s seat of the spacious interior and operate the optional Driver Personalization System.

This determines the ideal sitting position based on the size of the body inserted and with the help of a camera that measures eye level – not only does the seat, steering wheel or head-up display need not be manually adjusted, the side mirrors are also perfectly aligned, as if by magic .

New Assistance Systems Celebrates Their First Presentation in the CX-60

In addition to the Personalization System, a number of other assistance systems made their debut on Mazda’s new top model. These include the See-Through System, a 360-degree monitor with an extended field of view at low speeds, or Hill Descent Assist. An exit warning, also new, recognizes road users approaching the vehicle from behind. In addition, Mazda has expanded the traffic jam assist function in its latest model: it now also offers a steering function up to 150 km / h.

In addition to a variety of advanced assistance and connectivity systems such as Android Auto or Apple Carplay, which were installed in the CX-60, the high quality of the Mazda flagship is also eye-catching: the designers were inspired by Japanese craftsmanship.

This becomes especially evident with the top-of-the-line Takumi with white leather seats: Mazda uses high-quality materials such as maple wood for the interior. The strikingly elongated dashboard and door panels are covered in a kimono-inspired light gray woven fabric. It remains to be seen what the glossy interior will look like after five years of heavy use, but it looks just as good when it’s new.

CX-60 is the most powerful model from Mazda

The technical data for the CX-60 all-wheel drive is also impressive: in the plug-in hybrid version, the mid-range SUV is the most powerful production car that Mazda currently has in its portfolio. The Japanese manufacturer installed a four-cylinder 141 kW / 191 hp 2.5-liter gasoline engine under the long hood and combined it with a 129 kW / 175 hp electric motor. Thus, the total system output is 241 kW / 327 hp.

Driving pleasure is also guaranteed thanks to the large system torque of 500 Nm. The Mazda flagship takes just 5.8 seconds to run from 0 to 100 km/h. The power pack is limited to a top speed of 200 km/h. The manufacturer limits fuel consumption in the combined WLTP cycle to 1.5 liters per 100 km. The model is delivered as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission without a torque converter, which Mazda developed itself. It shifts as fast as a manual transmission.

When it comes to the electric range, the Mazda CX-60 isn’t far ahead of some of its competitors. According to the manufacturer, the 355-volt battery used with a capacity of 17.8 kWh makes it possible to cover about 60 purely electric kilometers – a value that turned out to be realistic during a test drive, which was carried out mainly on country roads.

Even when driving on the highway, you can stay in electric mode with a bold step on the accelerator pedal: the gasoline engine only works smoothly and smoothly at speeds above 140 km / h. In the interaction, the gasoline engine and the electric motor are in perfect harmony. The CX-60 records smoothly its operation. The manufacturer sets the power consumption at 23.0 kWh. It takes about 2.5 hours to fully charge the CX-60 on an 11kW AC wall box.

The vehicle’s low center of gravity ensures high driving stability

When developing its top-end model, Mazda paid special attention to driving characteristics: thanks to the high-voltage battery located in the middle between the front and rear axles, the car’s center of gravity is low. This ensures a high level of driving stability and ensures a safe driving experience even on very twisty roads.

Drivers can choose from five driving modes: Normal, Sport, Off-Road (for all-wheel drive variants), Towing (traction) and EV for the plug-in hybrid model. Among other things, these aim to improve grip, performance, handling and safety under various driving conditions.

A diesel engine with two power levels will follow in early 2023

The future in-line six-cylinder diesel and petrol engines, which will complement the plug-in hybrid drive, will begin with a newly developed 3.3-liter diesel engine and six diesel engines, which will be available in two production levels and a mild hybrid system. Come. Mazda promises impressive consumption values ​​​​in this class of cars: measured in the WLTP cycle, a diesel engine 187 kW / 254 hp with all-wheel drive and a self-developed eight-speed automatic transmission with 5.3 l / 100 km.

The consumption figures for the 147 kW / 200 hp rear-wheel drive variant are even more impressive. According to WLTP, it consumes only 4.9 l / 100 km. The model emits 127 g/km of CO2. This will be followed by a 3.0-liter inline-six petrol engine with Mazda Skyactiv-X technology at a later date. The manufacturer has not yet announced any other performance data.

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