Mazda plug-in hybrids: CX-60 and CX-80 SUVs confirmed for UK
Introduced over the next two years, the forthcoming SUVs will spearhead the introduction of plug-in hybrid technology to Mazda’s range
Mazda has confirmed the addition of two new plug-in hybrid SUVs to its European line-up in 2022 and 2023. The CX-60 and the CX-80 will feature two and three rows of seating respectively, for expected passenger capacities of five and seven.
Both models will be available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, consisting of a four-cylinder petrol engine combined with an electric motor. They’ll also be offered with six-cylinder mild-hybrid diesel and petrol power.
The plug-in hybrid CX-60 will likely be a direct rival to the similarly electrified versions of the Hyundai Tucson, Ford Kuga and Vauxhall Grandland. Meanwhile, the CX-80, with its three rows of seating, will compete against other seven-seat plug-in hybrid SUVs like the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe, and even the full-hybrid Toyota Highlander.
According to Mazda, the forthcoming SUVs will lead the introduction of plug-in hybrid power to the brand’s European line-up. No exact details of which other models will use the technology have been disclosed, however.
Mazda’s new SUVs will sit at the top of its line-up, but are just two of three new electrified models confirmed to be heading to the UK. The Japanese brand is also set to launch a plug-in range-extender version of its MX-30 coupe-SUV during the first half of 2022.
After that, Mazda intends to launch a series of fully electric models on a new dedicated electric-car platform by 2025, with the intention of having a completely electrified range by 2030.
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