Mazda CX-60 to join Australian SUV line-up

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An all-new SUV will soon be entering Mazda dealerships around the country.

Mazda Australia will expand local showrooms with the addition of the CX-60, a rear-wheel-drive SUV with a six-cylinder engine based on the new Large Product Group platform.

The news comes as Mazda made a global announcement of its new platform that will spawn models the CX-60, CX-70, CX-80 and CX-90. Only the CX-60 is so far slated to arrive here although given the appetite for large SUVs the door is not shut on other options. The CX-80 carries a similar narrow body as the CX-60 but with three rows of seating and could be the closest ring in.

Mazda is yet to reveal the models.

Also announced is a smaller CX-50, although that model will be a US-only car “where a strong SUV presence as well as off-road performance are in high demand,” suggesting it may carry some credit when leaving the sealed road.

The CX-60 coming to Australia next year is a two-row, five-seat SUV with the option of a straight-six petrol or diesel engine, the latter coming with a 48v hybrid system. Europe will receive a smaller four-cylinder plug-in hybrid version due to emissions regulations. Australian specifications and pricing are still a way off.

Mazda also announced a turbocharged version of the straight-six engine “where high-power performance is valued.” This is confirmed for the US only at this stage.

In the meantime, Mazda says the mid-size CX-5 SUV that comes as standard with FWD will continue to evolve until the launch of the new large platform SUVs.

The wide body CX-70 is also a five-seater, while the CX-80 and CX-90 offer three-rows and likely a variety of configurations as we have seen with the CX-9 in Australia that can be optioned with captains chairs in the rear. The CX-90, however, offers a wider body than the CX-80.

Details will be announced by Mazda Australia as the CX-60’s local launch nears.

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