The top model of the Mazda range, the CX-60, offers a diesel variant which will represent, between the RWD and AWD versions, 75% of the sales of the Japanese SUV on our market.
We drove it in Spain, between Barcelona and Girona, on a mixed route, made up of motorway, suburban and city sections. The aesthetics recall that of its plug-in hybrid sister, and the inline6 lettering in the openings along the front wheel arches indicates that we are in the presence of the variant powered by a 3.3-litre turbodiesel in-line 6-cylinder with cutting-edge technology. Mazda has always tended to differentiate itself with innovative solutions that follow alternative paths, and also in this case it was no different. This is demonstrated by the shape of the piston crown, called Double Egg-Shape, through which the combustion technology is optimized, indicated by the acronym Distribution Controlled Partially Premixed Compression Ignition, which allows for a thermal efficiency of over 40%.
Translated, it consumes less and is more efficient, as demonstrated by the declared mileages, which range from 5 to 5.3l/100 km in the WLTP cycle, while CO2 emissions are between 128 and 139 g/km. This is also due to the 48V hybrid system equipped with a 0.33 kWh lithium-ion battery housed in the vehicle floor.
The RWD variant of the CX-60 with the e-Skyactiv D delivers a power of 200 HP and a torque of 450 Nm, while the AWD version raises the values, respectively, to 249 HP and 550 Nm. at 100 km/h it is covered in 8.4 seconds and the speed peak is 212 km/h, the latter gains 1 second net in the same acceleration, and 7 km/h in top speed.
In combination with the architecture that provides, as a basis, rear-wheel drive, double wishbone front suspension, and multi-link rear suspension, the CX-60 turbodiesel spreads out power and torque with the valid 8-speed automatic transmission, which eschews the classic converter of torque, and uses a multi-plate clutch and an electric generator/motor.
All this technological heritage translates into a drive without uncertainties in delivery, fluid, with a reserve of power always available to the driver. The steering is precise, road holding is solid, with the RWD version being lighter and more agile, and the AWD offering additional grip, especially on low-grip surfaces. While driving, one also appreciates the speed of consultation of the digital instrumentation, which recalls the analogical one in the graphics, and the position of the multimedia system screen, located high up but harmoniously in the general design, so as not to cause distractions. With the AppleCarPlay and AndroidAuto systems, to which it connects wirelessly, it can be used in touch mode, but there is always the practical rotor on the central tunnel.
The treatment of the maple wood finishes and that of the fabrics denote quality finishes and assemblies. In general, ride comfort is high thanks to the containment of aerodynamic noise and to the engine which, at motorway speeds, revs well below 2,000 rpm. Proposed in the Prime Line, Exclusive Line, Homura and Takumi variants, the CX-60 e-Skyactiv D has a price list that starts from 49,900 euros and reaches 61,200 euros.
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