The BMW X3 xDrive30e will do battle with the Mazda CX-60 PHEV

Mazda has made it clear that it wants to develop into a legitimate luxury brand to take over BMW. To achieve its goal, the Japanese brand has designed a new rear-wheel drive platform. Yes, you read that right – RWD. Not only that, but new inline-six petrol and diesel engines have been developed, equipped with mild hybrid technology.

The first product to receive new props is the CX-60 for Europe, Japan and other markets. The US will get it, too, but as a wide-body version called the CX-70. This is a great SUV that clearly shows that it has been designed to fit longitudinal engines. The RWD-based platform was built with electricity in mind as the vehicle features an add-on hybrid setup. In fact, this is Mazda’s first PHEV.

At 4,745 mm (186.8 in), 1,890 mm (74.4 in) wide and 1,675 mm (66 in) high, the Mazda CX-60 is 37 mm (1.4 in) longer than the X3 while having roughly the same width and height. Its wheelbase stretches at 2,870 mm (113 in), just 6 mm (0.2 in) longer than the BMW wheelbase. Since we’re talking about plug-ins and hybrids, you’re going to have a fight with the X3 xDrive30e.

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Mazda embraces luxury

Although we mentioned six engines in a row initially, the CX-60 PHEV doesn’t have them yet. Instead, it’s based on a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder powered by an electric motor. Mazda claims the two produce a combined 323 hp and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft). That’s actually 35 hp and 80 Nm (59 lb-ft) more than the X3 xDrive30e.

Mazda will sell the CX-60 exclusively with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, such as the X3 xDrive30e. This PHEV model gets a 17.8 kWh battery, which is bigger than BMW’s 12 kWh. It stores enough power for a WLTP electric range of 63 kilometers (39 miles), which is just over its Bavarian counterpart.

Mazda’s most powerful car ever, the CX-60 accelerates to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.8 seconds, making it 0.3 seconds faster than the X3 xDrive30e. It has an electronic top speed limiter that starts at 124 mph (200 km/h) while BMW is 6 mph (100 km/h) faster.

The CX-60 clearly shows its distinct ambitions from within. While the exterior is a slight evolution, the cabin feels more luxurious and in keeping with the brand that wants to battle the German trio. Even the base model is well-equipped with a 12-inch touch screen, dual-zone air conditioning, cruise control, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

How much does a CX-60 PHEV cost? From €47,390 in Germany where BMW wants €60,300 for the X3 xDrive30e before options.

[Source: Mazda]

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