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The Mazda CX-60 is the fastest crossover you can buy from the brand

Powertrain choices range from a plug-in-hybrid to in-line-six engines

The Mazda CX-60 is the fastest crossover you can buy from the company
Mazda vehicles are only going to get more premium from this point forward. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

After countless teasers from the company, the Mazda CX-60 is now official, and it brings many firsts to the lineup. For starters, it’s the first from the “Large Platform Group” to be introduced, to be followed by the three-row CX-80 (which should be pretty similar to the CX-60) within the next two years.

Do you prefer the sleek, flowing lines of old over the edgier design in newer cars? PHOTO FROM MAZDA

This new styling is an evolution of the current Kodo design language with fewer flowing lines, new light signatures front and back, a redesigned grille, and an elongated hood due to the new longitudinal engine layout. This is all part of Mazda’s strong upmarket push, and we think it works particularly well.

It rides on 20-inch alloy wheels, and the different trims also offer various design choices like different grille designs, side mirrors, brightwork, and body-colored wheel arch trims. It also brings in a new signature color called Rhodium White.

A refreshing change from the darker, leather-wrapped cabins of other luxury cars. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

Mazda’s known to get its interiors right, and the CX-60’s cabin takes it a step further by utilizing the ideas brought by “Kaichou,” which is “an element of disruption that mixes different materials and textures.” On the top-of-the-line trim, you will see a combination of maple wood, Nappa leather, Japanese textiles, and chrome accents.

There’s even the Mazda Driver Personalization System, which will recognize the driver via facial recognition to automatically adjust the seat, the steering wheel, the mirror position, and even the heads-up display, sound and climate control settings.

You can also spec it with features like a panoramic roof, ventilated electric front seats, heated rear seats, privacy glass, wireless charging, and a 360° camera.

The i-Activsense gets an upgrade with the addition of See-Through View (where the 360° camera gets an extended field of view at lower speeds), hill descent control, and adaptive cruise control (which can now recognize and adapt to speed limits with traffic-sign recognition).

While the other engine choices are not available yet, the e-Skyactiv powertrain has more than enough grunt to entertain enthusiasts. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

There are three new powertrains offered, all mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Choices are an e-Skyactiv PHEV, which combines the familiar 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G mill with an electric motor, and two in-line-six choices: 3.0-liter e-Skyactiv-X (gasoline), and a 3.3-liter Skyactiv-D (diesel).

The power output of the PHEV drivetrain (which is only offered in all-wheel drive), is a healthy 323hp and 500Nm. There’s a 17.8kWh battery, which should allow for a 0-100km/h time of 5.8 seconds and an all-electric range of up to 68km within the city.

Performance figures for the two in-line-six engines have not been revealed yet, but they both feature the M-Hybrid 48V mild-hybrid system and will be offered only in rear-wheel drive.

The underpinnings are courtesy of double-wishbone front suspension and  multilink rear suspension, and Mazda’s Kinetic Posture Control (first introduced in the 2022 MX-5). Combined with the low center of gravity and the rear-wheel-drive platform, this should make the CX-60 a car that handles just as well as its more premium counterparts.

We still think Soul Red Crystal is the best-looking color for any Mazda. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

Prices in Europe will start at £43,950 (P3 million) for the Exclusive Line, stepping up to £46,700 (P3.2 million) for the Homura, and topping out at £48,050 (P3.3 million) for the Takumi. Customers can now order this (if you live in Europe), and units are expected to ship out this fall.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.