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May 18, 2023

Mazda PH Confirms First-Ever CX-60 To Get 3.3-liter 6-Cylinder Turbo Hybrid

After revealing its June 9 launch date, more information is starting to trickle from Mazda Philippines ahead of the first-ever CX-60’s launch. And this time, we just got a confirmation of its powertrain.

A member of Mazda’s Large Product Group, the CX-60 uses a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. Built from the ground up, it helped engineers package the powertrain in such a way to give it handling-centric features such as an independent front Double Wishbone suspension. It has also resulted in a turning radius of just 5.4 meters—smaller than even the Honda CR-V.

More importantly, the platform has enabled Mazda to fit longitudinally-mounted engines into the CX-60. And for the Philippine market, it’s just been confirmed that the premium compact SUV is arriving with an electrified 3.3-liter inline-6.

Developed with the “right sizing” concept, the new-generation 3.3-liter e-Skyactiv-G develops 284 horsepower at 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 450 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 3,500 rpm. This helps the CX-60 reach 100 km/h from a standstill in just 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 219 km/h.

This engine also gets Mazda’s 48-volt M Hybrid Boost mild hybrid system. This gives the CX-60 an electrical assist at low speed or low engine loads, further improving its fuel efficiency (Mazda reckons it’s more efficient than the CX-5’s 2.5-liter non-turbo engine). As a bonus, it also makes the CX-60 number coding exempt.

Mated to the engine is a newly-developed Skyactiv-Drive 8-speed automatic. This revolutionary gearbox uses a clutch in place of a torque converter producing clean, crisp gear changes. It also enables a more accurate control of the M Hybrid electric motor.

Currently, there’s still no official confirmation if Mazda Philippines will offer an electrified diesel version of the CX-60, but previously, the brand did receive homologation approval for the diesel engine as well. Globally, the diesel is available in two states of tune depending on whether it’s a rear- or all-wheel drive. The rear-wheel drive diesel makes 200 horsepower, while the all-wheel drive has 254 horsepower. Both ways, the torque is rated at 550 Nm.

Speaking about the driven wheels, also confirmed by Mazda Philippines is that the gas-fed variant of the CX-60 will come with a rear-biased i-Activ All-Wheel Drive system.

Of course, pricing is still a big mystery leading up to its official launch, but don’t expect it to be in the vicinity of the CX-5; after all, the CX-60 will not be replacing the CX-5 in the carmaker’s line-up. Instead, it will be priced above it. A price tag between P 2.5-million to P 3-million is likely, and while that seems expensive, Mazda says their newest offering is meant to go head-to-head with the likes of the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Lexus NX, and Volvo XC60.


  1. I hope they offer both gas and diesel variants

  2. So, is this mild hybrid v6 engine included in the number coding exempt?

    1. I believe it is exempted. Electrified vehicles, HEV, PHEV, BEV, are exempted.

    2. But there have been reports (more so lately) that says M hybrid or mild hybrids are not HEV and thus is not included in the law, and also because mild hybrid cannot power the car via electric alone. It doesn't have an electric motor like a full hybrid.

    3. Depends on what's written on the certificate of registration. It in the law's simplest form, it doesn't distinguish between mild and strong hybrids...that's why the Ertiga Hybrid is exempt.

      Personally, I belive the EVIDA law should be updated to only allow pure EVs (no combustion engine) to be coding exempt. This is to remove any possible confusion moving forward. Again, that's just me. I'm just a I probably don't know any better LOL.

  3. i just bought a mazda 3 m hybrid for the sole purpose of being exempted. if this is reversed, "magwe-welga kami"!


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