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Mazda Introduces Diesel for CX-60

The underpinnings give a preview for upcoming American models


If you live in the U.S., you may be wondering why we are telling you about the Mazda CX-60 since it will not be available in America. Of course, our readership is global, so there is value in examining the CX-60 because the platform will be shared by the upcoming CX-70 and CX-90 that will be heading to our shores.

In particular, Mazda UK has just announced the CX-60 e-Skyactiv D that features an all-new 3.3-liter inline-six diesel that is making its debut in the CX-60. It will be available in a choice of 200 or 254ps (PferdStarke), a metric measure of horsepower that’s approximately 98.6 percent of our horsepower ratings. The lower-ps engine will power the RWD (!) version while the high-ps version powers the CX-60 featuring Mazda i-Activ AWD. Both diesels will be assisted by a new 48v Mazda M Hybrid Boost system. Mazda’s Distribution-Controlled Partially Premixed Compression Ignition combustion technology makes this new engine among the cleanest diesels in the world and helps achieve a thermal efficiency of over 40 percent.

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3.3-liter inline-six diesel engine

Additionally, thanks to lightweight construction, the new diesel weighs similar to the 2.2-litre Mazda Skyactiv D four-cylinder diesel that has been available for the Mazda CX-5 in other markets.

According to Car and Driver, the CX-60 is the first of several Mazda SUVs that will feature a longitudinal engine layout that is part of Mazda’s move towards more premium brands. The CX-70 that Yanks will receive will reportedly be wider and with slightly different styling to cater to American tastes (perhaps more aggressive like the CX-50?). The interior cabin is typical Mazda, meaning it’s at least a notch above the class standard. For C&D’s sampler, which was the top trim level, wood, fabric and metal trim accented the cabin. A 12.3-inch central display is standard for the CX-60 and, like it or not, the click-wheel dial is still present. That being said, Mazda is to be commended for keeping HVAC controls conventional and analog, so we can only hope that continues for the CX-70 and CX-90.

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Mazda CX-60

Of course, being a Mazda, the chassis is the part that makes enthusiasts swoon, including those stuck with utilitarian needs. “The CX-60 resists understeer well for a vehicle of its size and shape, although there is little sense of the rear torque bias Mazda claims for the PHEV’s all-wheel-drive system. Ride quality is on the firm side but stayed acceptable even when riding on the … 20-inch wheels, with body control staying tight during hard cornering,” says C&D.

Though the CX-60, which is sized like a BMW X3, is made of unobtanium for many of us, the CX-70 and CX-90 feature the same underpinnings and, so far, the first impressions are positive in what Americans can expect.  

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.


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