A pair of pre-production Mazda CX-60 autos have arrived in Australia, because the model commences “an intensive native testing program” for its all-new premium-leaning SUV.

Mazda Australia has detailed its pre-launch course of for the brand new mannequin, which is able to “measure key information in a collection of high- and low-load situations that embody powertrain stress-testing, towing functionality, high quality assurance”. It’ll even be testing real-world electrical driving vary for the flagship plug-in hybrid variant.

The firm says the event autos will cowl greater than 30,000km throughout as much as six months of testing, with information to be collated after which shared with Mazda’s world R&D centre in Hiroshima for evaluation.

Why Australia? Mazda says our market is a key take a look at mattress because of its “distinctive street composition and weather conditions”.

Additionally, the 2 CX-60 prototypes will function coaching topics for the 140-strong nationwide supplier community within the lead-up to the mannequin’s gross sales launch within the coming months.

Local pricing and specs for the CX-60 can be detailed nearer to launch – which at this stage is about to be late in 2022. Mazda is but to substantiate if the brand new mannequin’s launch has been delayed till the brand new yr; the official line at this level is “there’s a really complete line up of powertrains that we’ll provide”.

While Australian particulars stay scant, the native arm has confirmed an entry-level four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine to be adopted shortly by a four-cylinder plug-in hybrid, with the three.0-litre inline-six turbo-diesel understood to be into account to hitch the vary subsequent yr – although this nonetheless isn’t confirmed.

The base 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol makes 138kW and 250Nm, and in Japan presents the selection of rear- or all-wheel drive along with a normal eight-speed automated transmission.

Meanwhile, the e-Skyactiv PHEV pairs a model of the identical 2.5-litre petrol engine with a 17.8kWh

battery pack and an electrical motor, good for system outputs of 241kW and 500Nm, and an electrical driving vary of 60 kilometres based mostly on the WLTP take a look at cycle.

In Japan, there’s additionally two variations of the Skyactiv-D 3.0-litre inline-six diesel; a 170kW/500Nm non-electrified unit with both rear- or all-wheel drive (like the bottom petrol), in addition to an uprated 187kW/550Nm e-Skyactiv D model that includes 48V mild-hybrid expertise. The MHEV is AWD-only.

Mazda will add a 3.0-litre e-Skyactiv X inline-six petrol in 2023, full with mild-hybrid tech, although particulars of this powertrain are nonetheless to be introduced. The Skyactiv X branding signifies lean-burning compression-ignition petrol expertise and supercharging.

Like the diesels, Mazda’s native division hasn’t confirmed if the Skyactiv X inline six will make it to native showrooms, nor when.

While pricing and specs for the Australian market are nonetheless to be confirmed, it’s anticipated the CX-60 will play inside the $50,000-$80,000 bracket, which means high-spec fashions will compete with the Audi Q5BMW X3Lexus NX and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

The CX-60 is the primary of a number of automobiles to be constructed on Mazda’s new Large Architecture, which presents rear-wheel drive and six-cylinder engines.

Mazda has confirmed 4 new SUV nameplates already – the CX-60, CX-70, CX-80 and CX-90. The CX-60 and CX-80 can be five- and seven-seat fashions respectively, focused primarily on the European market, whereas the CX-70 and CX-90 are wider, and geared toward North America.

As for which is able to come to Australia, Mazda’s native arm has mentioned on the file it’s looking into all available options. Stay tuned to CarExpert for all the newest.

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