Mazda has done a good job of keeping the CX-60 a secret, as this is only the second time the new SUV has been sighted. The brand’s first plug-in hybrid was caught during final tests in Germany, with the production bodywork hidden under relatively thin camouflage.
Mazda makes some of the most beautiful SUVs, and the CX-60 also seems to have a pleasing, if not very innovative, design. However, it could have been more attractive without the fake exhaust tips at the rear.
To make matters worse, the ones on the driver’s side are also dummy, as there is no tailpipe there. The real exhaust is on the right side but hidden under those bezels. We’ve seen a similar exhaust system before (greetings to the Audi S6 Diesel).
Despite the familiar looks, the CX-60 is completely different under the hood. It rides on a newly developed platform with rear-wheel drive and longitudinally mounted engines. The fact is that we are dealing with a PHEV, since the electrified version with over 300 hp has already been confirmed.
Okay, but where is the charging port? We only see the right side of the vehicle and there is no gas cap. The petrol one is presumably on the left, as is the case with Mazda’s internal combustion engines only. On some plug-in hybrids, such as those from Mercedes, the charging port is located in the rear bumper, but that doesn’t appear to be the case here.
Mazda CX-60 (2022) Teaser
That means it’s either on the front left fender or in the grille. We rule out the first scenario since the uncloaked prototype spotted in November 2021 didn’t have it there. That would only leave the grille as the place where Mazda hid the charging port, much like Genesis did with the electrified GV70. However, we do not rule out that this CX-60 will be powered exclusively by a petrol engine.
As a member of the “Large Product Group” announced in October 2021, the CX-60 will have an even wider counterpart aka the CX-70 in the United States. Mazda is also working on a larger, three-row CX-80 for Europe, which will also be pimped for North America and sold there as the CX-90.
Meanwhile, the CX-60 and CX-80 make sense to fill the gap above the CX-5. In addition, you earn even more money with such premium models. The next Mazda 6 will also use the platform with rear-wheel drive, here an in-line six-cylinder is also planned.
In some parts of the world where diesel vehicles still play a role, the new wave of Mazda SUVs will be offered as a plug-in hybrid based on a SkyActiv-D straight-six. There should also be four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines with mild hybrids. However, the CX-60 will debut with a 2.5-liter petrol engine with four cylinders and an electric motor that delivers over 300 hp. The Toyota RAV4 could possibly donate this drive.
Part of Mazda’s lineup electrification plan is a range-extending rotary engine for the MX-30. The small electric crossover is already available in selected countries as a mild hybrid model with a 2.0-liter petrol engine.
The CX-60 will be unveiled on March 8th and will go on sale in Europe later this year.