New Mazda CX-60 | Kodo design evolution on

The new Mazda CX-60 flagship SUV was launched with Mazda’s first plug-in hybrid technology powertrain and visually the new SUV reflects the latest enhancements to the Kodo design, a design philosophy that debuted a decade ago with the launch of the first generation. . Mazda CX-5, which was the first production car to feature the Kodo design. After entering phase two with the Mazda3 in 2019, the launch of Mazda’s newest SUV saw Mazda designers take on the challenge of creating designs that instantly reflect the advancement of the ‘Kodo-Soul of Motion’ design philosophy.

Created under the ‘Noble Toughness’ design concept, the Mazda CX-60’s impressively beautiful and dynamic styling conveys the intelligence and elegance of Kodo’s latest development in design: the Japanese Ma concept, which is beautiful, serene and dignified. space, woven into the architectural toughness of a striking front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive SUV.

The deeply sculpted face, long nose and short rear silhouette of the CX-60 create a strong, dynamic frame and an SUV-like presence that reigns in form with the simple beauty and elegance that Kodo designs are renowned for. At the same time, the powerful and dynamic form of the Mazda CX-60 follows the Kodo concept of “turning the car on” by creating a way in which the car as a moving object resembles a living creature running at full speed.

The shape of the CX-60 exhibits stability, like a living organism that uses its skeletal and muscular structure to grip the ground firmly. This is the core of Kodo’s design. The Mazda CX-60 uses its sturdy frame to convey the appeal of its frame when viewed from any angle. The front grille adopts a tighter aspect ratio that shows more grille height than other Mazdas, while the signature spoiler now has a lighting function with built-in indicators to further highlight the strong grille look. The headlight design is also new to Mazda, unlike previous models, the Mazda CX-60 headlight arrangement features vertically stacked headlights and L-shaped lighting markings to create a new expression that shows the power of the SUV.

In profile, the position of the cabin which is relatively backward on the bodywork gives the impression of dynamic movement of the vehicle. The SUV’s feel of tough toughness is enhanced by a stylish surface treatment, with a beam of light projecting from the rear edge of the cab and hitting the rear wheel arch before hitting the ground. This simple yet powerful gesture represents the courage seen in Japanese calligraphy and modern art, refusing to be bound by canvas frames. In keeping with the practice of adding an emblem to the front spoiler of a sports car, the Mazda CX-60 features a side signature to reflect the outstanding handling performance offered by its front-engine, rear-wheel-drive architecture.

Created through a further evolution of Mazda’s Takuminuri paint technology, the new color Rhodium White joins Soul Red Crystal and Machine Gray as the third signature body color. Unlike the conventional Pearl White coating, Rhodium White has a rich luster with a denser particle texture, highlighting the sleek and powerful shape of the Mazda CX-60. In total, eight body colors are available: Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, Sonic Silver, Platinum Quartz, Arctic White, Rhodium White, Machine Grey, and Soul Red Crystal.

Offered in the UK in three very specific trim classes – Track Exclusive, Homura and Takumi – customer choice is further enhanced by the ability to add two option packages across all classes – the Comfort Package and the Driver Assistance Package, with the Comfort Package available in the -Line Exclusive Package. The additional option of specifying a panoramic roof on the Homura and Takumi models is also unique to the CX-60.

Starting at £43,950, the Mazda CX-60 Exclusive-Line can be combined with all three package options to offer customers the best choice and complete the CX-60 standard equipment list. The 46,700 pound Homura is visually distinguished from the Exclusive line by its body color wheel arch moldings and signature dark-coated wing grille, plus gloss black mirrors and honeycomb grille treatment, while 20-inch black alloy wheels complete the standout exterior look. . Inside, the Homura class features heated outboard rear seats and ambient lighting, plus it is equipped with Mazda’s innovative Driver Personalization System which will recognize the passenger in the driver’s seat via facial recognition and automatically adjust the environment: seat position, steering wheel, rear view mirror, head view. -up, even sound and climate control settings, to suit your physique and personal preferences. There is also an option to add a Comfort Package and Driver Assistance Package to the Mazda CX-60 Homura.

At the top of the new Mazda CX-60 range is the £48,050 Takumi, which features 20-inch black-engined alloy wheels and body-colored mirrors, combined with a unique chrome grille treatment. The gloss black bar-type radiator grille design is another exclusive feature of this flagship model. Like Homura, there is an option to add a Comfort Package and a Driver Assistance Package. Highlights of the £1,000 Convenience Package include a privacy glass, 360 view-through monitor and wireless phone charging, while the Driver Assistance Package adds a number of additional active safety technologies for £1,100. The £1,400 Comfort Pack is only offered with the Exclusive-Line, but adds premium features such as 20-inch alloy wheels, powered front seats, front seat ventilation,

Commenting on the launch of the Mazda CX-60, Managing Director of Mazda Motors UK Ltd Jeremy Thomson said: “The Mazda CX-60 marks the start of a new chapter for Mazda, not just our first plug-in car. -in hybrid powertrains, but also sets new standards for interior quality, design and technology, highlighting Mazda’s unique Japanese premium brand direction.” He added: “I can’t wait for our customers and dealers to experience the CX-60 later this year, with location of the high-voltage battery in the center of the car and as low as possible, this is a PHEV. with a low center of gravity. This, combined with a permanent four-wheel drive system that incorporates the transfer of torque between the axles, gives the car superior handling characteristics on par with the best in the segment premium.”

The new Mazda CX-60 is the first of two new models from the company’s large product group to be introduced across Europe over the next two years, the second being the three-line Mazda CX-80. Also joining the 2.5-liter e-Skyactiv PHEV powertrain in the CX-60 lineup at a later date will be two new Mazda engines that have been developed using the “right size” concept which calls for optimized displacement for increased fuel efficiency. and power.

The new generation of the e-Skyactiv X 3.0-liter inline-six petrol engine and the 3.3-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine, featuring M Hybrid Boost, Mazda’s 48V mild hybrid system, combines high performance with excellent fuel economy and emissions performance. the future CX-60 range. Both engines are mated to the same eight-speed automatic transmission and i-Activ All-Wheel Drive as the PHEV, but the e-Skyactiv D diesel units and the e-Skyactiv X petrol engines have also been developed to be equipped with all-wheel drive. only.

Available to order now for early autumn delivery, the new Mazda CX-60 e-Skyactiv PHEV powertrain combines a Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with a 100 kW electric motor and a 17.8 kWh high-speed battery. . This engine and motor combination offers a total system output of 327ps and a torque output of 500Nm. Mazda’s first PHEV also displays excellent environmental credentials with a combined WLTP fuel consumption of 188 mpg and WLTP combined CO2 emissions. from only 33g/km. Opening a new chapter in Mazda’s SUV success story and joining the battery-electric Mazda MX-30, Mazda M mild hybrid Mazda CX-30 and the recently updated 2022 Mazda CX-5 in Mazda’s comprehensive SUV lineup.

Roderick Gilbert

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