Mazda reveals its first-ever plug-in hybrid, the 2022 CX-60

Exactly one month ago, Mazda announced that it will be unveiling the all-new CX-60. It is the first model from the automaker's “Large Product Group” and will serve as Mazda's first-ever plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicle.

While some might say it could be a modified CX-5, it's anything but since Mazda said it will be underpinned by a new rear-wheel-drive platform called the SkyActiv Multi Solution Scalable Architecture. It also comes with the new i-Activ AWD system which primarily sends power to the rear axle.

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Fast forward to March, and Mazda has officially unveiled the 2022 CX-60. Finished in a distinct Rhodium White Premium Metallic paint, the crossover features a long hood which confirms it makes use of longitudinally-mounted engines. It also comes with a large grille, eye-catching LED headlights, stylish alloy wheels, and unique LED wraparound taillights.

In true Mazda fashion, the interior is posh and features a high-end finish. Combining Japanese craftsmanship with new technologies, the premium interior introduces the ideas of Kaichou, an element of disruption that mixes different materials and textures. From maple wood to Nappa leather, the CX-60 oozes sophistication and a high-class finish. Other notable features inside include a digital instrument display, a wide 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a panoramic sunroof, and contrast stitching on the leather upholstery.

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At the heart of the CX-60 PHEV is a 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G engine that's paired with an electric motor and a 17.8-kWh high-capacity battery. Mazda claims the plug-in hybrid powertrain has a total system output of 327 PS and 500 Nm of torque – making it the most powerful road car Mazda has produced to date. Power is then sent to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Thanks to electrification, the CX-60 PHEV offers 63 km of pure electric driving. In addition, the CX-60 has a claimed combined fuel consumption of 188 miles per gallon (or 79 km/l) per WLTP standards. It also has carbon emissions of only 33g/km.

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When it comes to performance, the CX-60 can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 km/h in PHEV mode. With just the electric motor running, Mazda says it has a respectable top speed of 140 km/h.

In the future, the CX-60 will be joined by two other engine options; the new-generation 3.0-liter SkyActiv X inline-six and the 3.3-liter SkyActiv-D turbo-diesel engines. Both powertrains will feature Mazda's M Hybrid Boost – the brand's 48V mild-hybrid system that combines excellent fuel economy and improved emissions performance. Both engines will also be mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with i-Activ AWD.

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The 2022 Mazda CX-60 will be arriving in Europe, Japan, and other markets later this year. Hopefully, the Philippines will also receive Mazda's first-ever PHEV in the not-so-distant future.