Why should you care about the Mazda CX-60 SUV? This vehicle won’t cross the ocean or make it into the North American market, but it does have some of what we’ll see eventually. The CX-60 is a new plug-in hybrid SUV for the European market which gives us an idea of what the CX-70 will offer when it arrives in the United States.
We’ll take a look.
Discover the power of the Mazda CX-60
The 2023 CX-60 is the first SUV built on the brand’s new platform. According to Car and Driver, this new SUV is bigger, longer and more luxurious than the CX-50. This new architecture is expected to underpin many of the future PHEV designs.
Power for this new Mazda SUV comes from a 2.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor. Total power reaches 323 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Claimed electric range is 39 miles with the 17.8 kWh battery.
What makes this Mazda SUV special?
If all we had to show was the hybrid powertrain, there wouldn’t be much to say, but that’s not all. Here are five things Drive.com offers that make the CX-60 worthwhile.
1. A camera that can see through this Mazda SUV
Mazda calls it the See-Through View camera system, and it lets you see everything around your car. Often the body of a vehicle can obscure a camera’s view; with this new system, that does not happen. This will make parking the CX-60 much easier.
2. The Mazda CX-60 has advanced memory tuning
Memory settings in a vehicle generally relate to the key fob being used. With this new Mazda SUV, the Driver Personalization System uses the driver-facing camera to know which driver is behind the wheel to adjust the seats, steering wheel, mirrors, head-up display and stereo system to your preferences .
3. More driving modes mean more driving fun
Generally, Mazda vehicles only have a Sport setting or an Off-Road mode for some vehicles. The Mazda CX-60 will be the first model to offer five driving modes. These five Mi-Drive modes are Normal, Sport, Off-Road, Tow and EV.
4. Finally, an eight-speed transmission in a Mazda SUV
Although Mazda vehicles are fun to drive, the Aisin six-speed automatic transmission is outdated in a world where many vehicles on the road have eight or ten gears. The 2023 Mazda CX-60 gets an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission that’s smoother and more responsive than the outgoing transmission.
5. The Mazda CX-60 gives you a better digital connection
You will have three useful screens inside this new Mazda SUV. The digital instrument cluster now measures 12.3 inches. It is an upgrade from the 7.0 inch model in older Mazda vehicles. The CX-6’s head-up display is three times larger than the CX-30’s, giving you the information you want right in front of you while driving.
Is the CX-60 bigger than the CX-5?
The new Mazda CX-60 isn’t a small SUV, but it’s not big enough to qualify as a full-size model. The CX-60 is longer than the CX-5. National World tells us it’s 20cm longer than the CX-5. The CX-60 also brings a longer wheelbase to the market. This allows you to have an SUV that offers more comfort than the popular CX-5 while delivering a great ride, which Mazda is well known for delivering.
Even though we’re not going to see the Mazda CX-60 in the US, it gives us some insight into what we should expect from this brand when the CX-70 arrives.
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