March 09, 2022 By Gerard Jude Castillo

The Mazda CX-60 is the Japanese brand’s first ever plug-in hybrid

It seems like Mazda is on a roll with its SUV assault as it follows up the recently launched CX-50 with the new CX-60, the Japanese marque’s first Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle.

Yes, this means it gets a 2.5-liter gasoline mill with 189 bhp and 193 lb-ft of torque. This is combined with an electric motor that’s good for 134 bhp and 184 b-ft of torque. Combined the total system output is pegged at 328 bhp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

Mated to a new 8-speed automatic with a new multi-plate clutch that replaces the torque converter, the CX-60 can hit 100 km/h  front rest in 5.8 seconds and reach a 200 km/h top speed. Thanks to a 17.8kWh battery, the SUV has an all-electric range of 63 km before running out of juice.

Besides the 2.5-liter gasoline mill (which has its electric motor placed in the transmission for faster response times), Mazda will also launch a 3.0-liter inline-6 gasoline and 3.3-liter inline-6 diesel. Both will feature a 48-volt mild-hybrid system for better output and reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

The new Mazda CX-60 will soon be followed by other CX models within the next few years.

This one will hit the scene real soon.

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