Four months after the pre-series models, Mazda has tested the new CX-60 PHEV, the first plug-in in its history, in the version that is delivered to customers. The development involved the 8-speed automatic transmission, already convincing at its debut in Portugal and now, in Germany, even softer in the grafts, and the software. Compared to spring, the price has also inevitably changed: the more than 700 customers who have ordered it in Italy (14,000 in Europe) have saved the almost two thousand euros of retouching the price list, which starts just above 51,900 euros. In exchange, however, the CEO of the European branch of the Hiroshima house, the 49-year-old Dutchman Martijn ten Brink, anticipated in excellent Italian (he learned it when he was catapulted to the beautiful country, where he worked for two different car manufacturers) of the new 48 Volt mil hybrid diesel engine that the CX-60 will be the first Mazda to mount. It is a unit that impresses with its 6 cylinders, its 3.3 liters, its mileage and its declared emissions: “The values are lower than those of the competition and to find similar ones we have to go down two segments ”, Assures Roberto Pietrantonio, number one of Mazda Italy. “It’s the cleanest diesel engine we’ve ever produced,” summarizes ten Brink.
For the rear-wheel drive version with 200 Hp and 450 Nm of torque from 212 km / h top speed we are talking about 4.9 l / 100 km of consumption and 127 g / km of CO2, while for the 249 Hp and 550 version. Nm of 5.3 and 139. The latter is a “smart” variant to contain taxation, given that the original power is 254 Hp. The first diesel-powered CX-60s will arrive in Italy at the beginning of 2023: with its 49,900 euros, the 200 hp one becomes the declination of access to the 4.74-meter-long SUV range. Especially in the reference segment, the diesel engine is still strategic and, as well as in Italy and in other markets of the Old Continent, it should enjoy some success among others in Japan and Australia. For Mazda, in short, it is a global and “transversal” unit.
From 2025 the electric scalable architecture will also arrive on which new models will be born from which ten Brink expects innovative creative solutions, even if he carefully avoids saying what forms the next Mazda may have.
Current ones, like the CX-60, are easy to identify, not just because of the red badge the Hiroshima company has secured the rights to. The four-wheel drive plug-in SUV is spacious and has a trunk with a capacity of between 570 and 1,726 liters. The finishes enhance the premium ambitions of the brand, which nevertheless woos customers with more accessible price lists than its accredited rivals, not only German, and with more generous equipment. To make life easier for the driver, Mazda offers a personalization system (seats, mirrors, steering wheel, head-up display) based on facial recognition: once the height has been entered, the software automatically proposes the settings, which the driver can then change. The device stores up to six profiles.
The weight of the plug-in battery is 176 kg (practically a tenth of the total, which starts from 1,815), helps to lower the center of gravity in a balanced way (in any case 17 centimeters from the ground) and does not affect comfort. The sophisticated electronics of the suspension dampens reactions and even traveling behind (the CX-60 is an SUV for long journeys) you are comfortable and do not risk car sickness. There remains the very inclined rear window through which there are maneuvers that are carried out almost only thanks to the assistance systems and, when you push down on the accelerator, also a certain engine noise. With acceleration from 0 to 100 of less than 6 seconds, the SUV confirms its responsiveness and can be easily managed thanks to direct steering.
MAZDA CX-60 PLUG-IN, the card
What is that: it is the first plug-in model produced by the Hiroshima house and also the most powerful production Mazda ever made. The CX-60 PHEV is all-wheel drive, but was born on a rear-wheel drive platform that can also house traditional combustion, mild hybrid and pure electric systems.
Dimensions: length 4.74 meters, width 1.89, height 1.68, pitch 2.87
Rivals: Audi Q5, Bmw X3, Toyota RAV 4 and Mercedes GLC
Engines: the CX-60 plug-in adopts the e-Skyactiv 2.5-liter petrol engine of 192 Hp and 261 Nm of torque combined with the 175 Hp and 250 Nm electric unit. The system is worth 327 Hp and 500 Nm and includes the new 8-speed automatic transmission and 17.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. The offer has been expanded with the mild hybrid diesel, the 3.3-liter e-Skyactiv D, in the price list with both 200 hp rear-wheel drive (from 49,900 euros) and 249 all-wheel drive (from 55,550 euros).
Full speed: 200 km / h
Electric autonomy: up to 63 km in the combined WLTP cycle
Boot capacity: 570 / 1,726 liters
Benefits: soft materials and plastics for the interior, boot dimensions, standard equipment
Defects: rear visibility, engine noise when accelerating
Production: Hofu (Japan)
Prices: for the CX-60 plug-in starting from 51,915 euros of the Prime Line which already has a lot of series, starting with different driver assistance systems. Two thousand euros more are enough for the Exclusive Line, while for the Homura 56,315 are needed. The super-equipped Takumi, the top of the range, costs 57.815 euros. The price list of the two diesel versions starts at 49,900 (rear-wheel drive) and 55,500 (all-wheel drive)