Mazda CX-60: Promotion to the first division

As far as the choice of drives are concerned, Mazda is known for a certain objection. The brand from Japanese Hiroshima still held on to the Wankel engine when the rest of the car world had long since assigned a place in the history books. In the MX-30 R-EV, he will even celebrate a revival as a range extender. In general, the MX-30: The purely electrical version leaves it with an unusually small battery for BEV conditions, resource conservation, says Mazda, and thus defends the limited kilometer potential. Then there is the Skyactiv-X technology, if you like, a petrol diesel “diesotto” mix. And where others rely on downsizing – reduced number of cylinders, small displacement – Mazda steadfastly refuses to trend.

Premium competitor in sight

With a technology, however, one is now participating: of all things in the year in which the part-time streams in Germany have probably beaten the past few months (you read more about this here), Mazda is launching his first plug-in hybrid. The drive is installed in a model that is important in other ways: The 4.75 meter long CX-60 extends the crossover portfolio upwards, i.e. beyond the CX-5. The new one wants to measure itself less with Skoda Kodiaq or Kia Sorento than with BMW X3 or Volvo XC60, the nobless of the genre.

Signature color: The CX-60 also dresses in the typical Mazda red. Manufacturer

From the rest of the Mazda palette, the muscular-elegant top model stands out not only through its dimensions. But also because it is based on the completely newly developed “Large” platform, which is to wear another, even larger crossover in the coming years, the up to seven-seater CX-80.

The PHEV drive is made up of a 2.5-l in-line four-cylinder petrol engine with 141 kW/191 hp and a 129 kW/175 hp electric motor, the system output is 241 kW/327 hp, the system torque stately 500 Newton meters. No series Mazda had more to offer yet. The switching work takes over a newly developed eight-speed automatic, as standard all-wheel drive ensures traction strength.

electrical support brings to trot

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Thanks to the electric support, the sprint succeeds from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds, at 200 km/h the electronics regulate. Purely electrically, 140 km/h top speed are possible.

A 17.8 kWh battery, the WLTP standard, promises up to 63, in the city up to 68 kilometers of electrical reach. To what extent is to believe the consumption information – 1.5 l/100 km – has to show a detailed test. The battery is supplied with a two-phase onboard loader on the 11 kW wall box, and the electrical reserves completely fill up for two and a half hours.

identified by face recognition

In the elegantly furnished interior, Mazda uses the proven on the one hand: the 12.3-inch central display only reacts in touch with touch, otherwise the control is carried out via a rotary press controller. On the other hand, there is also something new: The “Driver Personalization System” determines the optimal driving position based on body size (entered in the system) and eye level (measured by the camera eye). If the same driver takes place behind the volant at a later point in time, you will be identified by the face recognition and the stored settings of seats, steering wheel, mirror and head-up display restored.

This is what it looks like in the cockpit: digital driver display with animated round instruments, narrow central screen. Manufacturer

With 507 to 1726 liters, the luggage compartment proves to be dimensioned as travel-compatible and shopping.

The CX-60 starts from 47,390 euros, currently net 6750 euros in environmental bonus may be deducted. From the factory, the basic model “Prime Line” receives driving mode selection, full-LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, two-zone automatic climate automatic, multimedia system with navigation system and wireless smartphone connection as well as electronic helpers such as fatigue detection, lane keeping assistant and traffic markings detection with. The practically fully equipped top model is called “Takumi” and costs from 52,890 euros.

six -cylinder in sight

Even if Mazda wants to have increased to five plug-in hybrids and three purely battery-electric models by 2025: the combustion engine is far from being written off. And you have to make sure twice in order to believe what follows for the CX-60: In fact, two six-cylinders, one of them even a diesel, both equipped with a very bad displacement. At the beginning of next year, the 3.3 l in-line six-cylinder Skyactiv-D, at the end of 2023, will be provided with the 3.0-l in-line six-cylinder petrol engineer E-Skyactiv X, which follows the “Diesotto” principle mentioned at the beginning. Both combustion engines are electrically supported by a 48-volt hybrid system. In terms of drive, Mazda will continue to remain with a certain level of stubbornness in the future.

Ulla Ellmer

Mazda CX-60 E-Skyactiv PHEV shortly:

When it comes: market launch at the end of June 2022, deliveries from July

Who he is targeting: For example BMW X3, Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60

What drives it: 2.5-l in-line four-cylinder petrol engine with 141 kW/191, electric motor with 129 kW/175 hp electric motor together, system output is 241 kW/327 hp

What it costs: from 47,390 euros, minus 6750 euros net environmental bonus

What still follows: 2023 each a row six -cylinder diesel and petrol engineer

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