The new CX-60 SUV will become Mazda’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle when it launches this month – and it’ll soon be joined by the seven-seat CX-80.
The new Mazda CX-60 has been teased ahead of its scheduled launch date on March 8, hinting at the evolution of the Kodo design language set to debut with the hybrid SUV. It will arrive in Australian showrooms later this year for buyers.
The newly-released image gives us a sneak preview of the CX-60’s front end, which features a single-strip LED running light design and large vents ahead of the front wheels. A sharp crease outlines the front wheel arch, and the CX-60 wears a set of new, diamond-cut alloy wheels.
There are small cutouts in the front wings, too, and we expect to see an evolution of Mazda’s sleek, concave body surfacing when the car is revealed in full. The CX-60 will have a front-engined, rear-wheel drive layout, and Mazda claims that this will be evident from the SUV’s proportions.
Mazda has previously teased part of the CX-60’s interior, which will be made from a mixture of different materials such as natural maple wood, Nappa leather, woven fabrics and chrome. The brand says it has taken inspiration from traditional Japanese binding techniques, which can be seen in the stitching on the dash. This traditional method is intended to compliment the car’s more modern technology and features.
Our spy photographers have already snapped the new Mazda CX-60 undergoing development testing. From these spy shots, it’s clear that Mazda will follow the design language it established with the CX-5, as this new car will share the same U-shaped radiator grille, sharp nose and relatively long bonnet.
There are some distinct changes, though. The car’s headlamps are a completely new design, and feature separated daytime running lights which are fixed to the radiator grille. The rear end is also a little boxier than the CX-5’s, likely in the interest of practicality. This latter feature will become more noticeable with the seven-seat CX-80.
Mazda’s new CX-60 and CX-80 SUVs will become the bread and butter of the company’s new “Large Product Group,” and they’ll be based on a new scalable platform that’s designed for use across several international markets. As the CX-80 will have an extra row of seating in the back, it’s also possible that Mazda will extend it’s wheelbase to make space.
It’s worth noting that the CX-60 and CX-80 won’t replace the CX-5 in Mazda’s line-up. They’ll be positioned above the brand’s mid-size SUV.
The CX-60 will be available with Mazda’s first ever plug-in hybrid powertrain, which will be based around a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. The company’s engineers also say the system will have a “power output in excess of 300PS” (which is around 220kW).
Mazda hasn’t yet told us the size of CX-60’s PHEV battery pack, the output of its electric motor or how far the system will be able to travel on electric power alone. But, to be competitive in its class, it’ll need to have a pure-electric range of around 50km.
Along with the new plug-in hybrid powertrain, Mazda will also sell both SUVs with a choice of straight-six engines. These are also completely new and will use the brand’s Skyactiv-X combustion technology and 48-volt mild-hybrid assistance. The brand has confirmed that 48-volt diesel power is on the way, too.
Wider-bodied variants of the two new SUVs also are planned for other markets such as the United States, and will be badged CX-70 and CX-90. A car from the brand’s “Small Platform Group” will also be launched in North America and other select non-Australian markets, badged CX-50.
In its most recent teaser announcement for the CX-60, Mazda also reiterated its plans to launch three new electric vehicles by 2025, which will be built on existing architecture. After 2025, the firm will launch a complete range of electric vehicles, which will make use of a dedicated battery electric platform.