25th April 2023
The Mazda CX-60 has taken the Best Large SUV title in the 2023 Fleet World Awards. With a choice of PHEV or diesel mild-hybrid powertrains, the Mazda CX-60 sits at the top of Mazda’s award-winning UK SUV line-up.
Commenting on the CX-60’s award, Fleet World, Editor, John Challen, said: “with plug-in hybrid and diesel variants, the CX-60 provides plenty of choice, in a product that is well built, good to drive and offers a very well-appointed interior.” Adding, “long journeys are made much easier with this Mazda.”
With a Skyactiv-G 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a 129kW electric motor and a 17.8 kWh high-capacity battery – the CX-60 PHEV is the biggest seller in the UK, but for higher mileage drivers the range has now expanded with the addition of the all-new in-line six-cylinder 3.3-litre e-Skyactiv D diesel engine.
Both the Mazda CX-60 PHEV and the CX-60 e-Skyactiv D MHEV are offered in three highly specified model grades: Exclusive-Line, Homura and Takumi. The imposing strength of the Mazda CX-60’s beautiful and dynamic styling conveys the intelligence and elegance of the latest developments in Kodo design woven into the toughness of the striking front-engine, rear-wheel drive SUV architecture.
Demonstrating Mazda’s commitment to a multi-solution approach to sustainable mobility and the principal of the right solution at the right time, the Mazda CX-60 e-Skyactiv-D MHEV offers the perfect solution for many private buyers, higher-mileage drivers or anyone who tows regularly. Another example of Mazda’s never stop challenging approach to engine development, the all-new 3.3-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel engine features Distribution-Controlled Partially Premixed Compression Ignition (DCPCI) Technology. This highly innovative advanced combustion technology makes the new e-Skyactiv D unit one of the cleanest diesel engines in the world, achieving a thermal efficiency of over 40%.
Developed using the ‘right sizing’ concept which optimises displacement to improve both fuel and power efficiency, the all-new 3,283cc longitudinally installed common rail electric direct injection six-cylinder e-Skyactiv D unit will be offered with a choice of two power outputs: 200ps and 450Nm with rear-wheel drive and 254ps and 550Nm with Mazda i-Activ AWD (all-wheel drive). Featuring a new 48v Mazda M Hybrid Boost system, the all-new diesel engine combines high output with excellent fuel economy. The combination of DCPCI and Mazda M Hybrid technologies contribute significantly to the CX-60’s frugal fuel consumption and low emissions.
The 200ps output engine is singularly offered in Exclusive-Line trim where it is matched to rear-wheel drive, additionally Exclusive-Line can also be specified with the higher-output 254ps version of the new engine and here features all-wheel drive. All Exclusive-Line CX-60s can be specified with the optional Comfort Pack and the combined Convenience and Driver Assistance Pack ensuring there’s plenty of opportunity to tailor your CX-60. The Homura is offered exclusively with the 254ps AWD drivetrain, as is the range-topping Takumi grade – these cars can be specified with the optional Convenience and Driver Assistance Pack, while a Panoramic Roof is optional on Homura and standard on Takumi diesel models.
As you’d expect from a Mazda, the new e-Skyactiv D powered CX-60 delivers an impressive blend of performance and efficiency, alongside the driver focused handling, impressive comfort and high-quality found across the CX-60 range. The 200ps engine returns a WLTP average fuel consumption of 56.5mpg with CO2 emissions of only 129g/km in rear-wheel drive Exclusive-Line guise, while the AWD 254ps Exclusive Line, Homura and Takumi WLTP average fuel consumption is 53.3mpg with CO2 emissions from 137g/km.
Refinement was also a key development goal of the all-new Mazda CX-60 e-Skyactiv D diesel and the in-line six-cylinder configuration produces less vibration due to its characteristic ‘perfect balance’, for a smooth and quiet engine tone, whilst delivering a clean and engaging sound. The engine’s high torque delivery gives the CX-60 a 2,500kg trailer weight towing capacity, while as a result of its lightweight construction, the engine weighs similar to the 2.2-litre Mazda Skyactiv D four-cylinder diesel engine used in the Mazda CX-5, which helps handling balance.
Commenting on the Mazda CX-60’s award Mazda Motors UK, Managing Director, Jeremy Thomson, said:“another demonstration of Mazda’s ‘Multi-Solution Approach’, the new diesel is designed to meet the needs of customers who want an efficient, long distance driving car with great towing capacity. While for fleet customers the PHEV offers a fantastic balance between value, style and driver appeal. So it’s great that Fleet World has recognised the CX-60’s appeal to fleet customers in their annual awards.”
Accounting for the largest volume in the CX-60 range, the CX-60 PHEV’s combination of engine and motor delivers a total system output of 327ps and an abundant torque output of 500Nm. It also displays outstanding environmental credentials with WLTP combined fuel consumption of 188mpg and WLTP combined CO2 emissions of only 33g/km. Offering 39.15 miles of combined electric motor-powered driving with the vehicle running at 62mph or less, the performance of the combined drivetrain delivers a 0-62mph time of just 5.8 seconds.
Additionally, in 2023, the company will launch a new model, the Mazda CX-80, which is larger than the Mazda CX-60 and features three rows of seating.