Three different engine options will be available for the Australian market, including the most powerful Mazda road car engine ever made
The Mazda CX-60 is expected to arrive in Australia during the first half of 2023. Pricing is yet to be confirmed, however it is expected the more luxurious CX-60 will cost more than a CX-5.
The CX-60 will be targeting more luxurious competitors including the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 and the Volvo XC60, rather than competitors for the current CX-5 like the Hyundai Tucson, Nissan X-Trail and the Toyota RAV4.
Mazda Australia says the final details of the CX-60 will be confirmed during the fourth quarter of 2022. The Japanese automaker has received over 14,500 expressions of interest globally for the new luxury model.
A 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and two straight-six engines will be available for Australian buyers.
The 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 100kW electric motor and a 17.8kWh battery pack to produce a combined system output of 241kW/500Nm – Mazda says this is the most powerful engine to be fitted to a Mazda road car.
Also debuting in the CX-60 will be two mild-hybrid straight-six engines – one petrol and one turbo-diesel.
A turbocharged 3.3-litre petrol straight-six engine will feature 48-volt mild-hybrid technology and is set to produce 209kW/450Nm.
The turbo-diesel engine with the same 3.3-litre displacement will make slightly less power, producing 187kW, though this powertrain will, at 550Nm, make 100Nm more torque than its petrol-related engine.
Every powertrain will come fitted with what Mazda calls a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system and a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The transmission will use a multi-plate clutch as well as an integrated electric motor/generator claimed to yield “high efficiency” according to Mazda.
Three model grades will be available from launch – Evolve, GT and the flagship Azami. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, a power tailgate and keyless entry will be some of the standard features included with the CX-60.
A range of alloy wheels will be able to be chosen for the CX-60 and will range from 18 to 20 inches in size.
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