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2022 Mazda CX-60, Brand’s First Plug-in Hybrid, Is Unveiled Today

A Hiroshima prefecture-based Japanese carmaker reveals its first plug-in hybrid vehicle on March 8, 2022. This is a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive 2022 Mazda CX-60 SUV.

The Mazda CX-60 PHEV has been teased ahead of its today’s debut. This model crowns Mazda’s European lineup and will compete with such models as the Hyundai Santa Fe or Kia Sorento.

Together with the Mazda CX-80 SUV with an extra row, it belongs to the so-called “Large Product Group” of vehicles based on a new scalable platform the company plans to use internationally, not just in Europe.

In the non-European market, including North America, Mazda will offer the CX-70 and CX-90 models with wider bodies, as well as the CX-50 from Mazda’s “Small Platform Group”, AutoExpress reports.

Well, let’s return to the CX-60 and what is already known about it. The SUV represents the evolution of the KODO design language including diamond-cut alloy wheels, newly-designed headlamps, separated daytime running lights, large vents, small cutouts in front wings, a U-shaped radiator grille, a sharp nose, an evolutionary body surface.

Inside, expect to see a mixture of materials, such as Nappa leather, chrome, woven fabrics, and natural maple wood.

The most important is hidden under the hood. The Mazda CX-60 comes with the brand’s first plug-in hybrid powertrain that comprises a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor with a total system output of 296 hp. Now we don’t know the battery size, but it should be enough to allow at least 35 miles of electric range.  

New straight-six engines will be also available for the model. They use Skyactiv-X and 48-volt mild-hybrid technologies. Mazda confirms a 48-volt diesel option too.

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