The new Mazda CX-60 has been caught completely undisguised.
It's only been a few days since the Mazda CX-50 made its world debut at the LA Auto Show as a more rugged alternative to the current CX-5. This is an important model for the Japanese automaker as it could help Mazda double its sales in America. Just a few days later, its CX-60 sibling has been caught on video undisguised during a promotional video shoot in Japan.
The video was swiftly taken down by Mazda, but fortunately for us Instagram page Kurdistan_Automotive_Blog was fast enough o take some screenshots, giving us a first look at the CX-60. The video shows two Mazda prototypes, with one finished in red and the other in white.
The license plate on the white prototype reads "Mazda CX-60", confirming the SUV's identity. Visually, the CX-60 looks similar to its CX-50 sibling, but there are some subtle differences. The grille appears to be narrower, the headlights look slimmer, and the front bumper air intakes have a different shape on the CX-60. There are also no roof rails or body cladding on the wheel arches on the CX-60, giving it a sleeker appearance.
Since it slots above the CX-50, the CX-60 should have larger proportions if Mazda's naming conventions are anything to go by, but dimensions for the CX-50 are not available yet.
The CX-50 will compete with the Toyota RAV4, so we imagine the larger CX-60 will be closer in size to the Ford Edge and Chevrolet Equinox.
While the CX-50 is an America-exclusive model, the CX-60 will launch in Europe and Japan and not be available stateside. It will be the first of a new batch of vehicles built on a new RWD architecture, powered by new straight-six Skyactiv-X gasoline and diesel engines with a mild-hybrid 48V system. A plug-in hybrid version will also be offered combining a straight-four gasoline engine with an electric motor.
While the US will not get the CX-60, we will get the larger CX-70 and CX-90.