Mazda's First RWD-Based SUV Is Finally In Production

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The most powerful Mazda production car ever is finally rolling off the line.

Mazda is growing in a number of new and exciting directions, which means there are a ton of cool cars on their way in the near future. The Mazda vehicle currently grabbing the headlines is the European CX-60. Back in March we caught some leaked images of the new crossover SUV before the official reveal happened recently. Labeled the most powerful production Mazda ever, this 322-horsepower hybrid SUV joins Mazda's growing list of eco-friendly cars such as the all-electric Mazda MX-30, and now we have confirmation that production of the all-new CX-60 has officially begun at Mazda's Hofu plant no.2 in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

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Mazda celebrated the start of production at the assembly plant on 18 April with over 100 people involved in the production of the new vehicle. The new CX-60 will be Mazda's flagship model for the European SUV market and packs a mean, yet frugal punch. Under the hood of the new CX-60 PHEV sits Mazda's tried and tested Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder direct injection petrol mated to a 129 kW electric motor, an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission, and a 17.8 kWh high-capacity battery. The gas engine produces 189 hp and 193 pound-feet while the electric motor adds another 134 hp and 184 lb-ft. The combined output totals 322 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, making this family-friendly SUV the most powerful road-going Mazda production car ever.

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The CX-60 is also the first Mazda to make use of the company's new Skyactiv Multi Solution Scalable Architecture which features a rear-wheel-drive biased system. Could this mean that this 322-hp Mazda SUV could be fun to drive? Quite possibly, since it will also be getting a new inline-six engine in the future as well.

The interior of the new CX-60 looks just as impressive as its tech info sheet: the space is clean, contemporary, and boasts massively impressive build quality; something we've come to expect from Mazda. The new CX-60 forms part of Mazda's plan to introduce five new SUVs from 2022 onward, and although the US market won't be getting the new CX-60, we will be getting our own widebody version called the Mazda CX-70.

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