Mazda CX-60, the manufacturer’s “premium” challenge starts here

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After the release of Mazda from Ford, dating back more than 10 years ago, the Japanese manufacturer has started a long process of relaunch, focusing strongly on the design and technology of its products. Today, the Hiroshima brand officially sets foot in the glossy world of premium products: it does so with the new CX-60, a medium-large size SUV destined to be the progenitor of a family of high-lineage cars.

4.74 meters long and with a wheelbase of 2.87 (the load capacity fluctuates from 570 to 1,726 liters), the CX-60 brings to the debut the Skyactiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture, a newly conceived modular architecture designed for accommodate longitudinally mounted thermal engines – combined with rear-wheel drive, therefore – and hybrid systems of various kinds. It is a sophisticated platform, which includes technical refinements such as double wishbone suspensions at the front and multilink at the rear. Elements that closely resemble Alfa Romeo or BMW.

The first engine to arrive on the list will be plug-in hybrid, i.e. rechargeable on plug: it consists of a 4-cylinder 2.5 Skyactiv-G of 192 HP combined with a 136 HP electric motor, connected in turn to a 17-liter lithium battery. , 8 kWh. The powertrain delivers an overall power of 327hp, good for a 0-100km / h sprint of 5.8 seconds (top speed is self-limited to 200km / h). In addition, the car can travel 60 km in 100% electric mode, with zero tailpipe emissions. In addition, during 2023, two brand new 6-cylinder in-line engines, petrol and diesel, with 48 Volt mild-hybrid technology will debut.

In any case, the transmission uses an 8-speed automatic gearbox without a torque converter, replaced by a multi-plate clutch combined with an electric motor generator. The result is, according to the brand, shifts faster and more efficient. Added to this is a four-wheel drive system that promises to preserve the driving dynamics typical of rear-wheel drive and, at the same time, to optimize driving stability.

Inside, fully finished, elements such as the digital instrumentation, the connected infotainment system with 12.3 ” touchscreen and the head-up display, which projects the main driving information on the windscreen, in the field of vision, stand out. of the driver. The car can already be ordered, with prices starting from 49,950 euros and first deliveries in September. Mazda’s challenge to German premium manufacturers is launched.

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