Japanese brand Mazda last week unveiled the first model as a result of a strategy to expand into the luxury segment.
Posted at 11:45 a.m. yesterday
The CX-60 compact SUV is the first model of an automaker built on the all-new rear-wheel-drive platform needed to ensure equal competition with German luxury brands. It is not offered in North America, but provides a technical and aesthetic perspective to paint a summary portrait of the CX-70, which looks a bit off-putting as a North American model.
Adapting the design directly to the Kodo language, which has been the perfect manufacturer for a number of years, it bears a striking resemblance to the CX-5. Its more prominent hood and its more curved shapes, however, betray its superior status.
Under the hood, this CX-60 plug-in was introduced with the powertrain, which was also promised to Mazda’s North American lineup along with the turbocharged Inline-Six. It features an assembly of a 2.5 L four-cylinder and a 100 kW electric motor with a total power of 323 hp. It is the most powerful Mazda model ever produced, with a range of 62 km / h according to European measurement protocol.
Everything is guided by an eight-speed automatic transmission, which sometimes improves the refinement that is not present in this configuration when using the CVT box. It delivers a top speed of 0-100 km / h in a very acceptable 5.8 seconds.
It’s obviously too early to say whether Mazda will use this exact configuration on our planet, but it does indicate that everything will remain the same. High development costs and the desire for authentication between markets are usually a priority.