Mazda’s new rear-wheel drive platform will get its first Australia-bound model, the midsize CX-60, next year.
After months of speculation, Mazda’s long-awaited rear-wheel drive follow-up to the mid-size CX-5 has been given a name-meeting the new 2022 Mazda CX-60, to be paid in Australian showrooms next year.
Following rumors from Japan that the new midsize SUV would carry the CX-5 or CX-50 monikers, Mazda has chosen to give the latter type plate to a new crossover in the US, leaving the rear-wheel drive model to adopt the CX-60 name.
The CX-60 represents just one of four new SUVs based on Mazda’s latest rear- and four-wheel-drive ‘Store’ architecture, scheduled for launch in 2022 and 2023, detailed in a separate story (click here). As of release, however, the ’60s is the only model confirmed for Australia, and business cases for the remaining three are still under investigation by Mazda’s local division.
The CX-60 comes into showrooms by the end of 2022, although more specific timing (and pricing) has not yet been confirmed.
Primarily located in European and Japanese markets with “narrower roads and smaller parking spaces”, the CX-60 will offer two rows of seats and a narrower, more city-friendly footprint.
European buyers will have a choice between SkyActiv-X petrol or SkyActiv-D diesel inline six engines -both with 18-volt mild-hybrid systems-are rumored to displace 3.0 and 3.3 liters respectively and offer similar power of approximately 210 kW.
Although the diesel engine will almost certainly be turbocharged, it is possible that the petrol turbine can withstand natural aspiration (no turbo), with power-induced six-cylinder cylinders to be reserved for North American customers.
Plug-in hybrid options will also be available based on a four-cylinder petrol engine. It is not clear what options will be available in Australia, but with local buyers’ thirst for performance, it is likely that at least one of the six-cylinder engines will come Down Under.
While spy photos released in May were believed to show the new CX-60 (then tipped to carry the CX-5 or CX-50 marks) on the road, it is now believed that these images capture the US market CX-60 50, given the test the vehicle’s proportions (especially the bonnet) look more like a front-wheel drive vehicle than one with a ‘longitudinal’ engine and rear-wheel drive.
Instead, expect the CX-60’s styling to reflect reproductions created by well-informed Japanese magazines, including Best car (below), which shows a longer bonnet, slimmer grille and other design differences.
For everything known about the new CX-60 before today’s announcement (and the latest launch date announcement), click here.
The new model will continue to be sold alongside the existing mid-range CX-5 — despite competing in the same segment — with the latter recently receiving a mid-life facelift to keep it fresh due to showrooms in the first half of 2022 .
keep up Drive for more details on the new 2022 Mazda CX-60 as the launch in 2022 approaches.
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