The Mazda CX-60 crossover debuted a month ago in Europe and was the brand’s first plug-in hybrid. It is built on a new conventional platform, has i-Activ AWD all-wheel drive with active torque distribution, and an eight-band automatic that has a wet clutch instead of a torque converter, like Mercedes-AMG boxes. In Japan, the range will be wider. There, the CX-60 will be offered in four modifications, including a six-cylinder diesel engine.
The initial Japanese version of the Mazda CX-60 is equipped with a 2.5-liter “atmospheric” Skyactiv-G. The compression ratio of this engine is 13:1, and its output is 188 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. The same engine is used on the e-Skyactiv PHEV hybrid, but in a boosted version (191 hp, 261 Nm).
The electric part consists of a water-cooled electric motor (175 hp, 270 Nm) and a 17.8-kilowatt-hour battery. The cumulative output of the system is 323 hp and 500 Nm. Acceleration up to a hundred in the hybrid takes 5.8 seconds, “maximum” – 200 kilometers per hour. Without starting the internal combustion engine, the crossover can drive up to 63 kilometers.
In-line six-cylinder diesel Skyactiv-D is based on a four-cylinder engine 2.2. It has a compression ratio of 15.2:1 and develops 231 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque in the base version. By adding a 48-volt M Hybrid Boost starter-generator and a 0.33-kilowatt-hour battery, the Japanese got a moderate e-Skyactiv D hybrid. It has 234 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque and accelerates to a hundred in 7.3 seconds at a top speed of 220 kilometers per hour.
Transmission is the same in all modifications – it is an eight-band automatic with a “wet” multi-plate clutch instead of a torque converter as in the AMG Speedshift MCT 9G. The all-wheel-drive transmission with the JTEKT ITCC multidisc clutch can dynamically distribute traction between the axles depending on driving conditions, with up to 50 percent going to the front axle and up to 100 percent to the rear.
Sales of the CX-60 in Japan will start in the early fall. Prices are not yet known. According to rumors, another variant may be added to the crossover range later – with a 3.0-liter e-Skyactiv X gasoline “six”.