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Fancy six: The new six-cylinder diesel in the CX-60

Mazda has always liked to go its own way when it comes to propulsion. While others slim down their range of engines and diesel are becoming rare, the Japanese rely on new diesel engines.

CX-60 is the name of the new one Flaggschiff by Mazda, in which the Japanese are also offering a plug-in hybrid on the European market for the first time. Now the five-door mid-size SUV with premium claim at two Diesel expanded. These are not, as one might expect, small-volume machines, but Line six-cylinder with turbocharging. And so that you can recognize the engine, which has become rare in the era of electric cars, from the outside, an "Inline-6" badge proudly emblazoned below the A-pillar.

In-line six-cylinder 2023

Within the Development of the 3,3-litre straight-six diesel engine Mazda neben Efficiency, also dynamic performance and a high Reach in the specification. Two performance levels with 147 kW/200 hp (from 46.150 euros) and 187 kW/254 hp (from 51.350 euros) are available from the market launch in March and from June respectively. The longitudinally mounted front engine is standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission Torque converter coupled. Both variants use the M Hybrid Boost system, which uses braking energy recoveredto increase efficiency and reduce consumption. With the weaker engine variant, the Rear wheels driven, the stronger unit drives along all wheel drive. The diesel engine belongs thanks to the new combustion process DCPCI (Distribution Controlled Partially Premixed Compression Ignition) is one of the cleanest self-igniters worldwide, and it should also be possible to comply with even stricter exhaust gas regulations in the future.

The exterior optics is the latest evolution of the Mazda Kodo design, incorporating the rugged Crossover elegant and dynamic. The radiator grill is now positioned higher, to the right and left of which the idiosyncratic headlights connect seamlessly.

Body of the CX-60

Mazda-typical is also the inner space been designed with Japanese influences in the CX-60. Real wood and high-quality materials paired with Japanese Craftsmanship spoil here. Maple appliqués reflect the Japanese aesthetic of the Hacho, which looks for asymmetrical Balance and intentional irregularities. The patterns of the woven fabrics change depending on the incidence of light. Kakenui is the name of this Japanese sewing technique. All new Mazdas, including the CX-60, have a new one cockpit design with a horizontally symmetrical arrangement. The focus is on the driver and the ergonomically optimized driving position the driver concentrates more on what is happening on the road. Also the Inmates The second row of seats can enjoy the ride, which is by far the most comfortable in the current Mazda model range backseat, Also the trunk is generously dimensioned, it holds at least 570 liters, with the rear seat folded down there are 1.726 liters for luggage.

First driving impressions and consumption

The first driving impressions confirm the powerful Efficiency of diesel engine. As soon as you start the engine, you will be delighted with the displayed range of 1.070 kilometers. So if you put your mind to it, you can easily cover longer distances without stress and also reach most holiday destinations non-stop, if desired. We test exactly how high the consumption is with the 147 kW/200 hp variant, i.e. with rear-wheel drive, in and around Barcelona. Very old-school, we don't rely on the information provided by the onboard computer, but fill the 58-liter tank to the brim and after exactly 203 kilometers at the identical pump again until not a single drop fits in. Our test consumption on the Autobahn, about country roads and through various towns was surprisingly still below the information from the technical data, at exactly 4,7 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers. A consumption that is not always feasible, however, because with increased driving pleasure, sporty self-shifting with the paddles on the steering wheel, as well as curves mountain roads this value increases of course - but only by one to one and a half liters.

Wolfgang Wieland / SP-X

Mazda CX-60 e-Skyactiv D - Specifications:

Five-door, five-seater mid-size SUV, length: 4,75 meters, width: 1,89 meters, height: 1,69 meters, wheelbase: 2,87 meters, trunk: 570 – 1.726 liters.

e-Skyactiv D 200: 3,3-liter straight-six diesel, power: 147 kW/200 hp, max. torque: 450 Nm, eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, 0-100 km/h: 8,4 s, Vmax : 212 km/h, average consumption: 5,0 l, CO2 emissions: 128 g/km (WLTP), emissions standard: not specified, price: from 46.150 euros.

e-Skyactiv D 254: 3,3-liter straight-six diesel, power: 187 kW/254 hp, max. torque: 550 Nm, eight-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, 0-100 km/h: 7,4 s, Vmax : 219 km/h, average consumption: 5,3 l, CO2 emissions: 139 g/km (WLTP), emission standard: not specified, price: from 51.350 euros.

Brief description:

Why: The in-line six-cylinder diesel impresses from the first meter.
Why not: Because sometimes four cylinders can be enough.
What else: Audi Q5, Kia Sorento, Lexus NX, Volvo XC60.
When it comes: March 2023 (e-Skyactiv D 200), June 2023 (e-Skyactiv D 254)

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