Mazda CX-60 Revealed as a 323-HP Plug-in-Hybrid SUV

Mazda CX-60 Revealed as a 323-HP Plug-in-Hybrid SUV
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  • mazda has revealed the cx-60, a new plug-in-hybrid suv for the european market.
  • its powertrain makes a total of 323 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
  • this model won't be coming to the u.s., but the related cx-70 will.

    the first vehicle to ride on mazda’s new platform is here. while this cx-60 plug-in-hybrid suv won’t be coming to the u.s., it likely provides a close preview of the upcoming cx-70 that will make its way to our shores.

    as its name would suggest, the cx-60 is larger and more luxurious than the recently revealed cx-50. the cx-60 also uses the company’s new architecture with a longitudinal engine layout that’s meant to push mazda upscale. it comes standard with a plug-in-hybrid powertrain that uses a 2.5-liter gasoline engine and a 134-horsepower electric motor. the system's total output is 323 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and mazda claims it will have an electric range of 39 miles thanks to its 17.8-kwh battery pack. an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.

    the cx-60’s styling is a bit awkward from certain angles but overall looks like a larger cx-5 with more chrome. we anticipate the cx-70 to look similar, but it will be a bit wider and—we hope—have a more athletic stance. but even on the cx-60, the rear-wheel-drive-esque proportions are clear, as it has a long hood and a dash-to-axle ratio that ensure it won’t be mistaken for a more mainstream crossover with a a transversely mounted engine and a front-wheel-drive-based platform.

    mazda's interiors were already nice, but the cx-60's cabin looks to be a level above current offerings thanks to elegant materials for the dashboard and seats including woven textiles, nappa leather, and wood trim. the cx-60 is a two-row model and the cx-70 likely will be too; a cx-90 will follow later on and we expect that model to have three rows of seats and eventually replace the existing cx-9.

    while the cx-60 is launching in europe only with this plug-in-hybrid configuration initially, this platform will eventually support an inline-six engine with a 48-volt hybrid system. mazda has released some information on its upcoming powertrains but we'll have to wait for the cx-70's debut to learn more about this engine's u.s. specs. we expect the cx-70 to offer this plug-in-hybrid setup in the u.s. as well.

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