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New Mazda CX-60 is firm’s first ever PHEV

The all-new CX-60 is just Mazda’s first ever plug-in hybrid, it’s also the firm’s most powerful road-going vehicle yet.

Sitting at the pinnacle of the Mazda line-up, ahead of the CX-30 or CX-5, the flagship CX-60 is a serious rival to the likes of the Ford Kuga, Volkswagen Tiguan or even the BMW X3.

And whichever way you look at it, the stats underpinning the CX-60 are impressive.

When it launches this autumn it’ll be available exclusively with a PHEV powertrain, with more traditional engines joining the fray at a later date.

The e-Skyactiv plug-in hybrid system makes use of a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, a 100 kW electric motor and a 17.8 kWh high-capacity battery. It’ll boast power of 327 PS and max torque of 500Nm - ‘making it the most powerful road car Mazda has ever produced’, the Japanese manufacturer proudly boasts.

The good news keeps on coming.

Mazda claims fuel consumption will be up to 188 mpg while CO2 emissions are just 33 g/km, and you’ll also be able to coast for 39 miles using electricity alone at speeds of up to 62 mph or less, and you’ll get even more electric range during urban use.

As you can imagine, the all-wheel-drive PHEV CX-60 is quick. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes just 5.8 seconds

Meanwhile the other soon-to-be launched engines are also eye-catching. One will be a straight-six 3.0-litre e-Skyactiv X petrol and the other a 3.3-litre Skyactiv-D diesel. Both can be mated to a rear-wheel drive system for fruity handling and both also use 48V mild-hybrid technology to boost efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. 

Because the CX-60 is a Mazda, it comes fully loaded with equipment no matter which trim level you go for. There are three grades - Exclusive-Line, Homura and Takumi.

The mid-range Homura gets body coloured wheel arch mouldings and a dark plated signature wing grille surround, plus gloss black mirrors, 20 inch black alloys and honeycomb grille. There’s also heated seats in the rear, ambient lighting and a head-up display.

The top-spec Takumi improves things further with goodies like extra chrome and a gloss black radiator grille.

Describing the sumptuous interior, a Mazda spokesperson explains: 

“Uniquely Mazda, the CX-60’s interior achieves the very highest standards of craftmanship combined with new technologies and human centric ergonomics to deliver a premium interior rooted in Japanese heritage. The elegant, premium quality interior design introduces the ideas of Kaichou - an element of disruption which mixes different materials and textures. With the flagship Takumi grade, materials such as maple wood, nappa leather combine with uniquely worked Japanese textiles and chrome details, and Musubu – the art of binding which was the inspiration for a specially detailed instrument panel stitching.”

Several new technologies also debut in the Mazda CX-60 - See-Through View, a next-generation 360-degree monitor with extended field of view at low speeds, Hill Descent Control (HDC), which assists in safely descending steep slopes with slippery or rough road surfaces; Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC), which can now incorporate speed limits from Traffic Sign Recognition.

Mazda Motors UK Ltd, Managing Director, Jeremy Thomson, said: 

“The Mazda CX-60 heralds the start of a new chapter for Mazda, not only is it our first car with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, but it also sets new standards for interior quality, design and technology – highlighting Mazda’s uniquely Japanese premium brand direction.”

It’s available to order now with deliveries planned for the Autumn.

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