Electric cars are everywhere you turn at the moment and Mazda has thrown its hat in the EV ring by launching its first plug-in hybrid electric car; the Mazda CX-60. And, of course, given the current obsession with anything 4x4-esque, it’s none other than a crowd-pleasing SUV.
As well as trying to be better for the planet, the CX-60 is centered around Mazda’s decade-strong design notion Kodo, based on the Japanese concept Ma, which combines simplicity, beauty and elegance. Add the extra toughness you’d want from an SUV, and you’ve got a good-looking package. But it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? So, envision a 12.3” infotainment system, head-up display and supple leather seats to name a few treats...
The CX-60 has a 17.8kWh battery that offers you 39 miles of emissions-free driving in electric mode, and a max speed of 124mph. Even if you need to tap into the 2.5-litre petrol engine for longer journeys, the CX-60 is super fuel-efficient, managing a huge 188mpg and emitting 33g/km CO2 emissions, according to its maker. If you’re unsure about committing to a fully electric car, then a PHEV like the CX-60 looks like a great compromise because you could theoretically commute to work emission-free and then head off down the motorway without sparing a thought about charging.
Mazda charges from £43,950 for its new CX-60, with the top-end Takumi model costing £48,050. There’s also an Exclusive-Line and Homura trim available. There are numerous option packs so you can easily configure the trim of your choice, adding goodies like front seat ventilation and 20” alloys, as well as useful safety features such as a 360-view monitor, blind-spot warning and adaptive cruise control.
The CX-60 arrives on roads in the autumn and will be followed up with new engine variants in the future. If you just can’t wait that long for your next motor, then have a look at cinch’s online showroom here to see what other PHEVS catch your eye. And if you are tempted to go fully-electric, then visit our new electric cars help page to get the low-down.