It has long been said that Mazda is working on new inline six-cylinder engines, while elsewhere only talking about the abolition of the internal combustion engine. Now the matter is getting concrete: The Japanese want to bring the newly developed engines in two newly introduced SUV series soon.
The smaller of the two is called Mazda CX-60, is to be a spacious five-seater and will be on the market in 2022. A year later, the long version, called the CX-80, followed, with seven seats distributed over three rows.
Both are based on the same, all-new, large Mazda platform. The motors are installed lengthways and drive the rear wheels or all four wheels. The drive variants range from new six-cylinder in-line engines (petrol and diesel) to a plug-in hybrid that combines a four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric drive.
Mazda promises a generous amount of space, advanced environmental technology, driving fun typical of the brand as well as innovative safety and comfort features.
Wankel plug-in hybrid drive for the MX-30
Next year, a new version of the Mazda MX-30 will also roll out to dealers in Austria. In addition to the already established all-electric version, it will also be available with a plug-in hybrid. In this model version, the rotary piston engine is celebrating its comeback, this time as a generator to generate the electricity required for the electric drive “on board”.
Outside Europe, Mazda is expanding its crossover range with additional models. CX-70 and CX-90 refer to even larger, wider cars that are specially tailored for the US market. The CX-50, on the other hand, has a more compact format. This model is also built and sold in the USA.