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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

The 2023 CX-60 Is The Most Powerful Production Car Mazda Has Made


The first member of Mazda’s Large Product group has been revealed: this is the 2023 CX-60. Destined for markets outside North America (including Japan and the Philippines), the two-row SUV joins the line-up above the CX-5 in terms of price and positioning.

The CX-60’s proportions immediate dictate its front-engine, rear-wheel drive architecture. There are at least three styling “packs” available to widen customer choice that vary things from the grille, side mirror finish, and wheel arch moldings. Exterior features include 20-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and the introduction of a new signature color: Rhodium White.



Underneath, it will be launched with a plug-in hybrid engine which combines a 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine with a 100-kW (135 horsepower) electric motor. The result is the most powerful road car Mazda has ever produced with 327 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. Zero to 100 km/h is done in just 5.8 seconds, and yet, it produces a fuel economy of 79.9 km/L. It is then mated to an 8-speed automatic.

Joining this engine later on is a 3.0-liter inline-6 e-Skyactiv-X gasoline and a 3.3-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine both of which feature M Hybrid Boost. Both will also have an 8-speed automatic.



In terms of platform, the CX-60 features a double wishbone front- and rear multi-link rear suspension engineered to deliver driver engagement. Additionally, the CX-60 also features Mazda’s Kinetic Posture Control technology which further stabilizes vehicle posture when cornering by undetectably braking the inside rear wheel to mitigate roll and the draw the car body downwards.

The interior design introduces the ideas of Kaichou—an element of disruption which mixes different materials and textures. These materials include maple wood and nappa leather combined with Japanese textile and chrome detailing. The treatment of the maple wood trim reflects the Japanese aesthetic of Hacho – asymmetrical balance, or intentional unevenness. While the woven fabrics’ diverse patterns and yarns respond sensitively to changes in light, and a Japanese stitching technique called Kakenui creates ‘hanging stitching’ seams with spaces between the trim fabrics revealing a glimpse of the material beneath.



The CX-60 also comes equipped with the ground-breaking Mazda Driver Personalization System that will recognize the occupant of the driver’s seat via facial recognition and automatically adjust the seats, steering wheel (yes, it has electronic tilt/telescopic adjust), mirrors, even the sound and climate control settings. Functionalities including front seat ventilation, and wireless phone charging.

A comprehensive range of advanced i-Activsense driver assistance systems ensures active safety at the highest level, too. 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; changeable drive modes (Mi-Drive) which incorporates Hill Descent Control (HDC); and Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC), which can now incorporate speed limits from Traffic Sign Recognition.



The first-ever Mazda CX-60 will roll off Mazda’s Hofu Plant No. 2 in Yamaguchi prefecture on March 11, 2022 with retail sales starting in Europe by around the third quarter of this year. Meanwhile, the Japanese specification model will be introduced in early April.

As for pricing, Mazda has announced at least two variants with an entry-level price of £43,950 (P 3.01 million) topping out at £48,050 (P 3.2 million). By comparison, the CX-5 range starts at £28,145.00 (P 1.92 million) and tops out at £33,645 (P 2.3 million). In short, if the CX-60 arrives in the Philippines, expect a 40 percent premium. That could mean a price tag reaching P 3.26 million.

22 comments:

  1. That's a hideous front end. They should've kept it simple and elegant. With the tech, drivetrain and that interior perhaps they can demand more premium pricing.

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    1. it actually looks fat, i was hoping for a sleek look like the cx-50. its trying to be sporty, elegant and imposing all at once. i hope it looks good on flesh

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  2. picture 14 has a good looking front, hope that trim makes it here because the white and gray's front ends look sad

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    1. True. Perhaps it also looks better in flesh/metal

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  3. If the EV bill gets passed and the 3L engines get JPEPA, shouldn't the price be less of a 40 percent premium?

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    1. This is based off the Euro prices. But it will likely be close to P 3-million when it lands here though.

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    2. do you think we will get these euro spec models or the japan specs soon to be introduced in april?

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    3. Thank you Uly! I hope Subaru launches some new cars given they have such a small product range. The Solterra is something to look forward to but the forester, XV are not exciting offerings anymore here in the country. No turbo (1.8L), no larger engine displacement, etc.

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    4. @anon 12:45 - my hunch? PHEV is a long shot for PH market. We'll likely get the 3.3-liter diesel with M Hybrid. If there's a gasoline engine (non-Skyactiv-X), we'll probably get that too. It would bring the price slightly lower.

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    5. Yeah. Subaru's lost the plot I think. They should do something to inject excitement into their line-up.

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    6. sir, kelankaya to darating sa pinas?

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  4. The front end is ungainly and the proportions are off. The new CX-60 is a rare design misstep from Mazda and I hope that this look wouldn't spread to future models. Love the interior though.

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    1. I agree with you on this one. I don't like the exterior design that much.

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  5. Front design is ugly compared to current gen designs(Mazda 3 & CX-30). Side profile looks nice but current gen tail lights look a lot better(elegant and exotic) than those fat generic BMW inspired tail lights. Lastly, fake quad exhausts? Come on, just don't. If Mazda will continue that front design and adopt fake exhausts, loyal Mazda customers will choose something else instead.

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  6. waiting for the copy pasted emgrand comment that starts with "CX-60 is a great car but..."

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  7. Price wise it looks like Mazda is already gunning for the C segment luxury SUV segment(BMW X3,Audi Q5, Mercedes C Class) with this considering this is now a RWD based platform and has a price reaching those of the same class. Maybe their RWD platform cars will only be built at japan for that extra clout?

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  8. Bakit Parang dumarami ang mga Ahente ng Geely sa tuwing nag-popost ng bagong content dito sa Carguide... Ano po talagang rason kung bakit?

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  9. I guess this vehicle signals the beginning of the end for Mazda. They had a good short run but alas, all things must come to an end.

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  10. Side profile is the best view. Front is awkward, and rear is as generic as every other crossover out there

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  11. The CX-60 is £6,000-£8,000 cheaper than a similarly specced Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes, or Volvo (based on their UK configurators). It seems like Mazda is now perfectly positioned between mainstream and luxury brands.

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  12. Panoramic roof is optional in UK, i hope local variants can get one

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