The 2023 Mazda CX-60 PHEV Just Made Things Interesting

It’s clear that Mazda can’t stop and won’t stop, and that’s fine. We’re here to celebrate all of the new Mazda SUVs on the way. While the Mazda CX-50 currently has the spotlight, the 2023 Mazda CX-60 isn’t far behind. 

The 2023 Mazda CX-60 packs hybrid power 

2023 Mazda CX-60 teaser
2023 Mazda CX-60 teaser | Mazda

Mazda has something new for us to zoom-zoom about every time we turn around! We’re not even over the Mazda CX-50 yet, and now we’re being teased with the 2023 Mazda CX-60 PHEV. 

It’s one of the many hybrids and electric vehicles that Mazda plans to provide. But we can’t get too excited yet. The Mazda CX-60 is a compact option designed for countries like Japan, where smaller vehicles are more popular. 

So, we’re getting the Mazda CX-70 in America instead. This isn’t bad news. It’s based on the CX-60, only it’s a bit taller and wider. Now we get to evaluate the CX-60 PHEV for clues about the CX-70. 

What to expect with the 2023 CX-60 

The 2023 Mazda CX-60 PHEV is a plug-in hybrid that uses gas and electricity. The hybrid systems by Mazda could be paired with an inline-six powertrain, and it rides on a rear-wheel-drive platform. We can speculate that the new Mazda CX-60 will be fast, sporty, and fuel-efficient based on this information. 

According to Motor Authority, Mazda confirmed that the hybrid powertrain used the 2.5-liter inline-four engine with an electric motor to crank out 300 hp. It will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and AWD will be available. 

The CX-50 is more of an SUV for those with active lifestyles. It shares a front-wheel-drive platform with the Mazda CX-30. It’s expected to be a little more rugged than the CX-70. While the CX-50 goes off-roading, the CX-70 will deliver a premium, engaging experience around town. 

As the CX-60 serves as the first Mazda PHEV, it won’t be alone for long. It will be followed by the three-row Mazda CX-80. We will get an even larger model known as the Mazda CX-90 in the United States. 

These four new vehicles have been engineered to accommodate PHEV powertrains and more. The new family line-up also features new straight-six gasoline and diesel engines. Best of all, the beefier engines are expected to arrive in America. 

When will we know more about the Mazda CX-60? 

A dark blue 2023 Mazda CX-50 driving through the forest.
2023 Mazda CX-50 | Mazda

The 2023 Mazda CX-60 will be revealed online on March 8. This is when we will see the vehicle and learn if it’s coming to America. Even if we don’t get the CX-60 over here, we’re still getting the CX-70 and CX-90. Plus, a new Mazda6 is on the way for sedan fans. 

We can tell from spy shots that the hood is longer than the Mazda CX-50‘s, which makes sense as a sportier crossover. It has the familiar Mazda-shaped grille and matching headlights, but thin LED lights make it stand out. 

It seems like Mazda is working to please a diverse customer base. The CX-50 will let Mazda fans go off-roading farther than before, the CX-60 is one attractive sporty ride, and the CX-90 will have more family space. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel of each new model.

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