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Mazda CX-60 FULL REVIEW – 2023

The all-new Mazda CX-60 introduces the company’s first plug-in full hybrid technology to the European SUV market. Expanding Mazda’s SUV line-up, the all-new Mazda CX-60 is the first of two new models from the company’s Large Product group to be introduced throughout Europe during the next two years.

The Mazda CX-60 PHEV spearheads the European introduction of plug-in hybrid models with a powertrain which combines a Skyactiv-G 2.5, four-cylinder direct injection petrol with a large, 100 kW electric motor and a 355V, 17.8 kWh high-capacity battery. This combination of engine and motor delivers a total system output of 327 PS/241 kW and abundant torque of 500 Nm, making it the most powerful road car Mazda has ever produced. The Mazda CX-60 PHEV delivers highly impressive performance, accelerating from 0-100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds, and on to a limited maximum speed of 200 km/h.

Conversely, and most notably when running on electric motor power alone, the new Mazda PHEV displays outstanding environmental credentials. WLTP combined fuel consumption is just 1.5 l/100 km, and WLTP combined CO2 emissions only 33 g/km.

The Mazda CX-60 e-Skyactiv PHEV offers 60 km of motor-powered driving with the vehicle running at 100 km/h or less. The positioning of the high voltage battery between the front and rear axles and as low as possible within the bodyshell gives the new Mazda CX-60 PHEV a particularly low centre of gravity.

This, combined with a permanent all-wheel drive system incorporating shaft-driven transfer of torque between the axles, gives the car superior handling characteristics on a par with the best in the premium segment.

Developed using the ‘right sizing’ concept which calls for optimised displacement to improved fuel and power efficiency, new generation, straight-six, 3.0 litre e-Skyactiv X petrol and 3.3 litre Skyactiv-D diesel engines with two different power outputs will also be introduced. Featuring M Hybrid Boost – Mazda’s 48V mild hybrid system – they combine high output with excellent fuel economy and emissions performance.

All three powerplants are mated to a new eightspeed automatic transmission and Mazda’s i-Activ All-Wheel Drive system. The e-Skyactiv D diesel unit and the e-Skyactiv X petrol engine may also be equipped with rear-wheel drive only.

Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive) offers a choice of four drive modes (plus EV mode for the PHEV) to provide optimum control and driving pleasure in every driving scenario.

The all-new Mazda CX-60 is based on Mazda’s Skyactiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture, which features numerous enhancements that offer excellent driving dynamics. Adopting Mazda’s human-centric approach, these include bodyshell rigidity that ensures drivers can feel vehicle response without lag, seats that make it even easier for every occupant to maintain balance while the car is moving, suspension that stabilises vehicle posture while driving, and a Mazda-unique vehicle posture control system – Kinematic Posture Control (KPC).

A comprehensive range of advanced i-Activsense driver assistance systems ensures active safety at the highest level, and targets a Euro NCAP 5-star safety rating.

Several new technologies debut in the Mazda CX-60: See-Through View – a next-generation 360-degree monitor with extended field of view at low speeds; Hill Descent Control (HDC), which assists in safely descending steep slopes with slippery or rough road surfaces; Cruise Control (i-ACC), which can now incorporate speed limits from Traffi c Sign Recognition; and Vehicle Exit Warning (BSM) for rear-approaching road users.

DRIVING POSITION

The Mazda CX-60 shares the same carefully considered cockpit design found on all Mazda cars, with a horizontally symmetrical layout centred on the driver. It offers an ergonomically excellent driving position that feels natural and supportive, and allows the driver to focus on road and traffic ahead.

The development of a notably slim eight-speed automatic transmission has minimised any increase in transmission tunnel width, allowing for the ideal pedal and seat placement, and knee space beside the centre console, even for those of a larger build.

In addition to the further development of seats that make it easier for occupants to maintain their natural sense of balance (see Driving Dynamics), the seat height adjustment has been designed to allow occupants to alter their seat height without either changing their posture or having to adjust the slide mechanism again after using the lifter. The steering wheel offers a 45 mm rake and 70 mm reach adjustment range.

Greater comfort and physical support is offered by a centre armrest which is 230 mm longer and 37 mm wider than that of the CX-5. The Commander Control knob has been moved forward by 132 mm and raised 82 mm to allow its operation with the user’s arm resting comfortably on the centre armrest. Both the front door grips and armrests have been designed to offer enhanced grip and support. The door armrests are now set at the same height as the centre armrest for ergonomic symmetry and maximum occupant comfort.

DRIVER PERSONALISATION SYSTEM

The Mazda CX-60’s new Driver Personalisation System comprises three functions; an automatic driving position guide; automatic setting restoration; and ingress/ egress assistance.

The automatic driving position guide uses a camera to detect the position of the driver’s eyes and input regarding the driver’s height to estimate their physique, then automatically adjusts the seat, steering wheel, HUD and door mirrors to match the driver’s eye position.

Automatic setting restoration uses facial recognition, and data on more than 250 adjustments and settings stored in the vehicle – including the driving position, audio and air-conditioning – to quickly and automatically restore the settings for each individual when the driver changes. The system can store settings for up to six people, plus guests.

In addition, the ingress/egress assistance function makes it easier for the driver to get in and out of the car by sliding the steering wheel and seat out of the way.

VISIBILITY

The Mazda CX-60’s seating is set higher to secure a clear and unobstructed view. A clear view of the bonnet from the driver’s seat makes it easier for the driver to gain a clear sense of the vehicle’s extremities and place it accurately on the road; an asset when driving on narrow roads or in parking lots.

The shape of the Mazda CX-60’s bonnet has been carefully designed to make it easier for the driver to identify the leading edge of the vehicle. The bonnet’s diagonal forward visibility threshold (the amount of road surface hidden by the vehicle corner diagonally opposite the driver) has been shortened by 303 mm compared to that of the CX-5, and its forward visibility threshold (the amount of road surface hidden by the vehicle directly in front of the driver) has also been shortened by 100 mm.

The CX-60 has also been designed to make it easier to visually check diagonally behind the vehicle, allowing the driver to change lanes with greater peace of mind. In addition, the base of the A pillar has been given a large, curved shape to make it easier to identify children at intersections.

HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE (HMI)

The driver’s cockpit area features three main instrument displays: a full TFT-LCD driver’s instrument binnacle, a large window Head-up Display (HUD) and a 12.3-inch infotainment centre display.

The driver’s instrument screen has been enlarged to a full 12.3-inch display. In addition to driving assist modes and warning displays, it also supports the Driver Personalisation System (see below) to optimise visibility of reach driver. In addition, the dynamic start-up and Mi-Drive mode displays enhance safety and security through improved visibility.

The HUD screen area is three times larger than that of the Mazda CX-30. This reduces unnecessary eye movement, provides the driver with essential information in an easyto- understand manner, and heightens the sense of security while driving.

The text display has been enlarged and navigation data expanded to provide the driver with more detailed information on the road ahead. In addition, Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) settings and operation status information is optimally displayed to enable at-aglance reading.

PACKAGING


The all-new Mazda CX-60 is 4,745 mm long, 1,890 mm wide and 1,680 mm high, and has a 5.4 metre turning circle. Its 2,870 mm wheel base offers spacious accommodation for all occupants, as well as generous loadspace.

POWERTRAINS

Taking a further step towards realising its ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’ declaration, Mazda has set a goal to electrify all vehicles it produces by 2030. Hence the new Mazda CX-60 not only launches the company’s first PHEV, but also includes 48V Mazda M Hybrid Boost technology in its line-up.

The all-new Mazda CX-60 adopts Mazda’s Skyactiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture for its longitudinal power units. This makes it possible to take further steps in electrification and satisfy environmental requirements with the company’s newly developed in-line six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, as well as Mazda M Hybrid Boost vehicles and PHEVs.

The Mazda CX-60’s longitudinal powertrain format offers many advantages. These include the ability to mount motors and batteries of different sizes in the same layout for both the Mazda M Hybrid Boost vehicles and PHEV versions, and the facility to place the motor on the same axis as the engine and transmission.

The Mazda CX-60 powertrain line-up features three new engines: Mazda’s first PHEV -a 2.5 litre, four-cylinder e-Skyactiv G petrol unit with electrification technology, and two straight-six engines: a 3.3 litre e-Skyactiv D diesel unit and a 3.0 litre e-Skyactiv X petrol engine.

All three powerplants are mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and Mazda’s i-Activ All-Wheel Drive system. The e-Skyactiv D diesel unit and the e-Skyactiv X petrol engine may also be equipped with rear-wheel drive only.

Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive) offers a choice of four drive modes (plus EV mode for the PHEV) to provide optimum control and driving pleasure in every driving scenario.

The six-cylinder engines were developed based on the ‘right sizing’ concept, which calls for optimising displacement to improve fuel and power efficiency. Combining eight-speed automatic transmission with the electrification of Mazda’s 48V mild hybrid system, M Hybrid Boost, all three units are designed to dramatically improve power delivery and driving pleasure, while at the same time enhancing environmental performance.

2.5 LITRE E-SKYACTIV PHEV


Mazda’s first PHEV powertrain combines a modifi ed version of the Skyactiv-G 2.5, four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine found in the CX-5 with a large, 100 kW electric motor and a 355 V, 17.8 kWh high-capacity lithium-ion battery.

The petrol engine develops a maximum power output of 141 kW at 6,000 rpm and 261 Nm of torque. The electric motor delivers 100 kW of power and 250 Nm of torque from zero rpm.

With intake tuning to improve torque at the most frequently used mid- to low-speed ranges – 1,500 to 3,000 rpm, this combination of engine and motor delivers a total system output of 327 PS/241 kW and abundant torque of 500 Nm, making it the most powerful road car Mazda has ever produced.

The Mazda CX-60 e-Skyactiv PHEV delivers highly impressive performance, accelerating from 0-100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds, and on to a limited maximum speed of 200 km/h.

Conversely, and most notably when running on electric motor power alone, the new Mazda PHEV displays outstanding environmental credentials. WLTP combined fuel consumption is just 1.5 l/100 km, and WLTP combined CO2 emissions only 33 g/km.

The Mazda CX-60 e-Skyactiv PHEV offers 63 km of motorpowered driving with the vehicle running at 100 km/h or less.

3.0 LITRE E-SKYACTIV X

The 3.0 litre inline six-cylinder e-Skyactiv X takes advantage of the good vibration balance inline six-cylinder engines are known for, and combines this with enhancements to the precise combustion control technology developed for the four-cylinder e-Skyactiv X, resulting in another unit that responds to the issue of right-sizing.

The larger capacity enables the pushing of more air into the engine removing the need for turbocharging. This enabled Mazda to create a unit with a simple base structure to which is added a double overhead camshaft and variable valve timing that changes the camshaft phase reliably and instantly. As a result, internal EGR control achieves combustion with a low ratio of fuel to air.

The engine delivers smooth acceleration and an engaging sound. Moreover, due to enhanced lean combustion technology, the unit also achieves the same fuel economy as the four-cylinder e-Skyactiv X engine.

3.3 LITRE E-SKYACTIV D

Adopting a right-sizing approach and calculating the optimal emissions from the Mazda CX-60 based on its weight, Mazda’s inline six-cylinder diesel engine features a capacity increased from 2.2 to 3.3 litres, as well as an increase in the speed range at which lean burn (Highefficiency combustion with minimal fuel consumption) is possible.

SAFETY

The Mazda CX-60’s comprehensive range of advanced i-Activsense driver assistance systems ensure active safety at the highest level, and target a Euro NCAP 5-star safety rating.

Several new technologies debut in the Mazda CX-60: See- Through View – a next-generation 360-degree monitor with extended field of view at low speeds; Hill Descent Control (HDC), which assists in safely descending steep slopes with slippery or rough road surfaces; Cruise Control (i-ACC), which can now incorporate speed limits from Traffic Sign Recognition; and Vehicle Exit Warning (BSM) for rear-approaching road users.

Other i-Activsense systems include: Advanced Smart City Brake Assist (Advanced SCBS) with pedestrian and cyclist detection and intersection function, Rear Emergency Brake Assist (SBS-R) with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist with Steering Assist (ELK), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) and Drowsiness Detection (DAA).

SEE-THROUGH VIEW

Mazda’s 360° View Monitor uses a four camera system that covers all sides of the vehicle to display a bird’s-eye view of the car from above on the centre display, as well as a choice of front, rear and left or right side views.

The Mazda CX-60 adds See-Through View as a further evolution of the 360° View Monitor functionality. It displays an image on the screen that seemingly allows the driver to see through the front and rear corners of the car from their viewpoint, making it easier to spot objects obscured by the vehicle’s bodywork.

This helps the driver remain fully aware of surrounding conditions when driving slowly in tight spaces such as parking lots and narrow alleys.

FURTHER I-ACTIVSENSE SYSTEMS

Standard across the Mazda CX-60 range, Advanced Smart City Brake Support (Advanced SCBS) uses a forwardsensing camera to detect vehicles and pedestrians ahead – both by day and at night – and help avoid collisions or mitigate damage in the event one does occur. The system automatically stops or reduces the speed of the car when there is a risk of collision with the vehicle or pedestrian in front.

Other key i-Activsense driver-supporting technologies included as standard across the range include Mazda’s Lane-keep Assist System and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Blind Spot Monitoring keeps the driver aware of vehicles approaching when, for example, changing lanes. Its Rear Cross Traffic Alert function monitors the vehicle’s surroundings when reversing, alerting the driver when it detects vehicles approaching from the sides.

Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop and Go function automatically maintains the appropriate vehicle speed and optimum following distance, even if the vehicle ahead comes to a complete standstill. i-Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC) is an additional function which allows drivers to easily set the MRCC to the speed limit by using Traffic Sign Recognition.

Further standard active safety equipment includes a fourwheel anti-lock braking system (4W-ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), a Traction Control System (TCS), an Emergency Stop Signaling System (ESS), Hill Launch Assist (HLA), and automatic headlamps which illuminate about 30 minutes before sunset, making it easier for pedestrians and other cars to notice the vehicle.

PASSIVE SAFETY

Mazda has carefully analysed real-world accidents to thoroughly refine passive safety technologies from various angles, including protection not only of the vehicle itself but also the one with which it collides to mitigate injuries within the other vehicle, as well as to better protect the elderly and pedestrians.

The company’s passive safety technology has been developed with the goal of obtaining the highest European safety ratings.

FRONTAL IMPACT PROTECTION

Three breakthrough technologies combine to deliver excellent frontal collision safety performance: Firstly, the multi-path structure efficiency absorbs energy through three separate load paths – main, upper and lower – to soften the impact on occupants and minimise cabin deformation.

Secondly, the axial compression frame doubles energy absorption efficiency whilst contributing to both space and weight savings. Thirdly, the framework is designed to be a straight as possible. These technologies not only ensure the Mazda CX-60 has outstanding forward collision resistance, but also support its design by contributing to a class-leading short front overhang of only 842 mm.

SIDE IMPACT PROTECTION


The frame connections, which are traditionally a weak point in terms of bending and twisting, have been strengthened to distribute the load. An 1,800 MPa grade high-strength material made using Mazda’s new moulding technology has been combined with conventional 1,300 MPa grade material in the same parts to enhance strength in nonbending areas whilst reducing it in bending areas, achieving an ideal deformation mode whilst reducing weight.

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