About a month ago, Mazda revealed the CX-60 PHEV. While it may look like just another crossover, this particular vehicle now serves as the most powerful Mazda on the road today. You read right, this plug-in hybrid (PHEV) generates 327 PS and 500 Nm of torque from an electrified 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G. This allows the PHEV to go from 0 – 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds and have a whopping average fuel consumption of 79.0 km/l.
Impressive figures from a plug-in hybrid powertrain, but that is just one of the powertrains the CX-60 comes with. Despite the growing appeal of electrification, Mazda still believes in the good ol' turbo-diesel, and the CX-60 will come with such an engine.
But don't expect the 2.2-liter turbo-diesel engine from the CX-5 to power the CX-60. Instead, it will come with a brand new 3.3-liter SkyActiv-D inline-six. It makes 231 PS between 4000 – 4200 rpm along with 500 Nm of torque at 1500 to 3000 rpm. But if you prefer more oomph from the straight-six diesel, there's also the e-SkyActiv-D variant.
Unlike the regular 3.3-liter inline-six, this one benefits from a mild-hybrid setup. The result is a bump in power which comes in at 254 PS at 3750 rpm plus 550 Nm of torque between 1500 – 2400 rpm. This translates to an increase of 23 PS and an additional 50 Nm of pull over the standard inline-six diesel.
Both turbo-diesel engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and send power to the front and rear axles – making it an all-wheel-drive vehicle. Mazda claims the diesel-powered CX-60 can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 220 km/h.
With diesel-fed vehicles still popular in the Philippines, could Mazda actually bring the CX-60 with the SkyActiv-D inline-six engines instead of plug-in hybrid power? Perhaps, as the CX-60 is set to arrive in Europe, Japan, and other global markets later this year. Let's hope that we will not have to wait long for its arrival.