Mazda CX-60: Entering the Premium Arena


If you want to compete in Europe, you have to build a D-segment SUV that has a hybrid variant. Although the streets on the old continent are narrow and the community government has announced the end of the internal combustion engine in 2035, European customers want a modern SUV with luxury finishes.

And Mazda, a brand that had resisted the end of combustion engines –
will use its rotary drive in its hybrids– and focused on the sensations behind the wheel, it was no exception to market trends. The brand also plays a unique asset: the reduced production allowed it to distinguish itself from other general brands.

His intent is to compete with other more premium builders. Namely the Germans. The presentation of the CX-60 showed the differences in price and equipment between the BMW X5 or the Audi Q5, the two rivals to beat in this segment. But for this it is important to move away from the concept they had from their old models and focus on quality.

In the words of the CEO of the European subsidiary,
Martijn ten Brink, “the demonstration is in the product”. For the new SUV, which will be the brand’s first plug-in hybrid, every effort has been made to provide a dynamic driving experience, surrounded by a luxurious interior.

This is of course only achieved in the higher finishes, one intended more for sporty driving (Homura) and another for driving comfort (Takumi). With the latter, Japanese craftsmen have concentrated on the use of noble materials, such as cherry or white leather. In our opinion, this is the most desirable finish.

There are two 12.3-inch multimedia screens on the dashboard, although the one on the center console is not a touchscreen. The interior is spacious and can be further expanded by folding the seats down, from 570 liters to 1,148 liters.

As for the engine, the big novelty is the 2.5-liter plug-in hybrid, which develops a combined power of 327 horses. The eight-speed automatic transmission is completely new and gives it a sporty character that is surprising in a vehicle of this size.

With 63 km of autonomy in the combined WLTP cycle, the CX-60 more than meets the requirements to achieve the DGT Zero label. Later there will be two diesel versions of 200 and 254 hp, both with six cylinders in line and light hybridization of 48 volts. Later, a petrol engine will be available whose power has not yet been communicated.

they start from 48,719 euros for the diesel versions, while the plug-in hybrid does at 50,268. This price will only be during an initial launch period and then rise to 52,115 euros. With discounts, the amount can be reduced by 2,500 or 5,000 euros, in the event of demolition.

Source: La Verdad


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