Mazda has been perfecting its SUV line with some new additions. The Mazda CX-30 improved its CX-3 sibling with a longer wheelbase and optional turbo engine. With multi-terrain drive settings and heightened ground clearance, the upcoming Mazda CX-50 promises to be an off-roading version of the CX-5. Now, we’re also anticipating the Mazda CX-60, a plug-in hybrid operating on a unique platform.
However, stateside drivers won’t experience its abilities just yet. Here’s what we know so far ahead of this SUV’s release, as well as a few other upcoming Mazda models.
What to expect from the Mazda CX-60
The CX-60 is actually the automaker’s first PHEV, powered by an electric motor and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Motor1 is confident this setup will produce over 300 hp, though official range estimates haven’t been announced. The new RWD platform will also feature a double-wishbone suspension and 48-volt mild-hybrid technology.
When the Mazda CX-60 was spotted a few months ago, we got a good preview of its design. The grille has a glossier black trim compared to its siblings, and we’re intrigued by the possibility of functional air curtains. Daytime running LED lights also extend to meet the front grille.
Where and when will the Mazda CX-60 be released?
Motor1 says the Mazda CX-60 should be released on March 8. When we first saw teaser shots, we thought it might have an asking price of around $28,000 or higher. Unfortunately, we have learned that the Mazda CX-60 will not even have a U.S. release.
It will only be offered in Europe, Australia, and Japan. The CX-60 looks slightly shorter than most U.S. SUVs, so it’s more suited to Europe’s busy roads. Stateside drivers will probably experience Mazda’s RWD platform for the first time with the upcoming Mazda CX-70.
Are U.S. drivers getting any new Mazda cars?
Last year, Mazda said it planned to release the Mazda CX-70 as a 2024 model. Though this is not confirmed, it will likely have the same powertrain as the CX-60. What we do know is the CX-70’s body is confirmed to be broader and longer.
Drivers in Europe and Japan will also have exclusive access to the Mazda CX-80 within the next few years. It will probably look similar to the CX-60, except it will feature three rows instead of two. Its body style might look similar to the CX-8, a seven-seater only available in certain Asian countries and Australia, but there are differences.
U.S. drivers will get their own version of the Mazda CX-80 in the form of the CX-90. Like the CX-70, it should be slightly bigger and may even have more power on tap. Drivers should be able to choose between a PHEV powertrain and a turbocharged six-cylinder engine.
While it won’t have the new RWD platform, we’re also excited for the Mazda CX-50. Like most Mazda models, it will offer both a standard and turbocharged 2.5-liter engine. It also appears more rugged with new roof rails and sculpted lines integrated into the hood.
The Mazda CX-50 also has the closest release date, scheduled for Spring 2022. We expect that its retail price will be slightly above the Mazda CX-5.
You should still be excited about the Mazda CX-60, even if you won’t be able to test drive it. As its release date grows closer, we’ll get more details about its range and performance. All the more reason to anticipate the Mazda CX-70’s eventual release date in the States.