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  • New 8-speed AT
  • AWD is biased towards rear wheels
  • 6-cyl RWD variants to be introduced later

Mazda is fully banking on SUVs with the launch of its first Large Product Group model, the 2022 Mazda CX-60. Sitting above the in Mazda’s profitable SUV line-up, the CX-60 is meant for the European and Japanese market though this global debut is pertaining to the former.

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The biggest news out of Mazda’s Large Product Group range might be the use of rear-wheel-drive (RWD) underpinnings that are combined with a range of inline-6 engines. For now, though, the CX-60 that is unveiled for Europe comes with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) system and Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel-drive (AWD) setup that primarily drives the rear wheels.

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Still, this is an important model for Mazda as it is the carmaker’s first PHEV model and the system combines a naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre petrol engine (189 PS/261 Nm) with an electric motor (134 PS/250 Nm).

autos, cars, mazda, 2022 mazda cx-60 officially debuts – phev awd for europe, 6-cyl rwd to launch later

Combined, the e-Skyactiv unit produces 323 PS and 511 Nm while acceleration to 100 km/h from rest takes 5.8 seconds. However, performance is never part of the CX-60’s agenda as it is electronically capped at 200 km/h.

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The CX-60 is paired to a new 8-speed automatic transmission that uses a multi-plate clutch instead of a hydraulic torque converter. Mazda says that the electric motor on the CX-60 PHEV is built into the transmission and works directly on the input shaft for a quicker response.

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Besides the e-Skyactiv PHEV unit, Mazda would be introducing its range of 6-cylinder petrol and diesel engines later. Unsurprisingly, these 6-cylinder units are likely to be electrified with both engines reportedly developed with a 48-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) tech.

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This feels Scandinavian

Inside, the two-row SUV is as elegant as a Mazda can be and as we’ve seen in the leaked photos yesterday, the CX-60 gives off a strong posh vibe especially with the light-coloured interior as shown in the Takumi variant.

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But if you think the light colour will be a hassle to clean and take care of, there’s a sporty black interior as shown in the Homura trim. In Europe, the CX-60 will be available in 4 variants with prices ranging from EUR 47,390 to EUR 52,890 (~RM 216k – RM 241k).

autos, cars, mazda, 2022 mazda cx-60 officially debuts – phev awd for europe, 6-cyl rwd to launch later

Production of the SUV will begin at Hofu Plant No. 2 on 11-March while the Japan-spec CX-60 will be unveiled in April. Perhaps we might see the unveiling of the more enthusiast-driven 6-cylinder RWD variants then.

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Aside from the CX-60, Mazda will also be launching the three-row CX-80 which is also underpinned by the same Skyactiv Multi Solution Scalable Architecture in the next 2 years. For North American markets, Mazda would be introducing the CX-60 and CX-80’s wider twins, the CX-70 and CX-90 also within the next couple of years.

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Though Japan and Europe are the definite markets that will be getting the Mazda CX-60 and CX-80 based on their plans, it doesn’t rule out other markets around Asia with Australia being one of those confirmed markets. Malaysia could also receive the CX-60 but it wouldn’t be so soon, so we’ll have to wait and see.

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