Mazda launches the powerful CX-60, but sticks with diesel and petrol for now

Mazda is sticking to its plans to introduce electric vehicles slowly. Proof of that was at the Irish launch this week when they launched the new imposing big crossover CX-60.

or now it comes as a 2.5-litre petrol plug-in, with a 3-litre petrol and a 3.3-litre diesel (with two exits) for next year.

Mazda officials agreed with my question that the car company appears to be late to the electric vehicle launch gates, but pointed out the real fact that many people still need gasoline, and diesel in particular.

And they think the CX-60 – it’s a big, big car – will help them with another plan: move upscale. Not premium yet, but upscale.

That’s a big car; There’s plenty of cabin space and a 570-litre boot that simply yawns space.

They claim it outperforms key competitors like the BMW X3, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4 and Volkswagen Tiguan.

It is 4,745 mm long, 1,890 mm wide, 1,680 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2,870 mm

Inside, there’s 1,504mm of shoulder room in the front seats (44mm more than the CX-5) and 1,441mm in the rear seats (50mm more than the CX-5).

The 570-litre boot holds 1,148 liters with the rear seats folded and 1,726 liters with the floor-to-ceiling load.

While the CX-60 is a five-seater, there will be a 7-seater CX-80 early next year to meet family demand for such vehicles.

The newly launched plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) combines a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine with a large 129 kW electric motor and a 355 V 17.8 kWh battery, which produces a total system output of 327 hp It is Mazda’s most powerful road car to date.

According to Mazda, the company’s first PHEV consumes just 1.5 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 33 g/km. That’s partly because of their claim that it can travel 63km on electric power alone if the car is running at 100km/h or slower.

They also claim a 0-100km/h time of just 5.8 seconds – although it didn’t feel as snappy on a short first ride on Monday.

All models have a new 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

They play a lot with the driver personalization system. It can recognize the occupant in the driver’s seat and automatically adjust the environment – seating position, steering wheel, mirrors, HUD, sound and climate control settings – to their physique and personal preferences.

With a low center of gravity thanks to the battery arranged between the front and rear axles and permanent all-wheel drive, there should already be decent handling. You can order a choice of 18″ or 20″ alloys.

A host of car and passenger safety systems includes the debut of See-Through View – a next-generation 360-degree monitor with an expanded field of view at low speeds.

It’s a big, strong car and that’s represented by a particularly powerful front end look – I had the Takumi model in Machine Grey.

There are four grades in total: entry-level prime line, exclusive mid-range, Takumi, and Homura high classes.

Standard on all is dual-zone air conditioning, central 12-inch TFT touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satnav and cruise control. At certain levels, you can add specific packages.

Prices start at €54,100 and go up to €60,950. Mazda launches the powerful CX-60, but sticks with diesel and petrol for now

Fry Electronics Team

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