Mazda releases the luxury oriented CX-60
Updated on September 25 2023
Mazda might be known for the MX-5/Miata, or the Mazda3, and the numerous crossovers with confusing model numbers. Naming aside, these vehicles are towards the top in their respective classes and provide good value. Mazda Philippines hopes that with the introduction of the Mazda CX-60, it will move beyond the realm of premium and into the realm of luxury.
In terms of size, the Mazda CX-60 falls between the front-wheel-drive Mazda CX-5 and the Mazda CX-8. The Mazda CX-60 is part of Mazda's new "Large Product Group" vehicles, which include a rear wheel drive platform, an all wheel drive system with a bias towards the rear wheels, inline-6 SkyActiv engines with a 48-volt mild hybrid system, and a luxurious interior that is even available with Nappa leather seats.
Despite being a relatively large SUV, the CX-60 borrows sporty design influences from its smaller brothers. This design language is what Mazda calls "Evolved Kodo Design," as seen by its long, sporty hood and short overhang.
The CX-60 is available in two variants. Both models come standard with 20-inch rims wrapped in 235/50/20 tires, a big panoramic sunroof, and a power tailgate.
The gasoline 3.3L AWD HEV Turbo has a streamlined theme in mind. It has brilliant chrome trim on the outside, diamond-cut 20-inch rims, and a vertical slatted gloss black grille.
Meanwhile, the diesel 3.3L AWD HEV Turbo-D Sport edition foregoes much of the chrome in favor of gloss black trimmings, metallic black 20-inch rims, and a gloss black honeycomb grille.
The gasoline variant receives aluminum interior trim, black Nappa leather seats, and black leather upholstery.
The diesel "Sport" variant, oddly, lacks the customary sporty black interior, instead opting for tan Nappa leather seats with quilted Leganu suede inserts and graphite interior panels with gunmetal inlays. It also has a two-tone steering wheel reminiscent of Bentleys.
Both models include 10-way power front seats, front seat ventilation, an electronic steering wheel, wireless charging, ambient lighting, and dual-zone climate control with rear vents. Both models have dual 12.3" infotainment screens with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a 10.4" heads-up display.
A 12-speaker Bose sound system with a spare tire mounted subwoofer provides the auditory experience.
The 3.3L Inline-6 e-Skyactiv-G engine in the gasoline CX-60 is linked to a 48-volt mild hybrid system, producing 284 PS and 450 Nm of torque. It should be able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds.
The diesel engine is a comparable Inline-6 3.3L linked to a 48-volt mild hybrid system that produces 254 PS and 550 Nm of torque. Its 0-100 kph time is only 7.3 seconds, which is not significantly slower.
The SKYACTIV-DRIVE 8-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models. This transmission uses a multi-plate system instead of a standard torque converter to provide "clean and rhythmic switching between gears while also enabling accurate control of the M Hybrid Boost electric motor."
“The Mazda CX-60 is more than an exciting new SUV; it’s the evolution of Mazda Premium—a high-quality concentration of design, driving dynamics, technology, and comfort. It offers unmatched distinction in every way,” said Tan.
The Mazda CX-60 is available in Rhodium White Premium, Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, Platinum Quartz, Sonic Silver, Deep Crystal Blue, and Jet Black, and is priced as follows:
Mazda CX-60 3.3L AWD HEV Turbo (Gas) - P2,790,000
Mazda CX-60 3.3L AWD HEV Turbo-D Sport (diesel) - P2,900,000.