Two Mazda CX-60 test cars are now on Australian roads for up to six months of trials ahead of a local launch previously planned for late this year or early next year.
That 2023 Mazda CX-60 A mid-size SUV has arrived in Australia for testing ahead of the first showroom arrivals previously stated to be before the end of this year.
Two pre-production CX-60 examples have arrived on local roads to begin an “intense local testing program” that will include 30,000km of driving over a period of “up to” six months.
Mazda Australia has provided an updated showroom arrival date for the CX-60. First deliveries were previously announced for late 2022. However, if the testing program lasts the full six months, arrivals may be pushed back to 2023.
Australian details will follow closer to launch, including pricing – although Mazda Australia has previously stated a starting price that matches or overlaps with the flagship CX-5, at around $55,000 plus road costs.
It was previously hinted that the CX-60 would be launched with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder non-hybrid petrol engine – ahead of a four-cylinder plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and petrol and/or diesel six-cylinder engines next year.
Photos of the pre-production test cars suggest they will be fitted with one of the six-cylinder engines available with 48-volt mild hybrids – branded M Hybrid, as shown on the white car’s infotainment screen – and the lack of the charging port of the PHEV.
The red vehicle appears to be a diesel based on information shown in its instrument cluster in a supporting video shared by Mazda Australia.
“The program will measure key data across a range of high and low load scenarios that will include powertrain stress testing, towability, quality assurance, in-depth real-world range analysis and other performance-related criteria,” Mazda Australia said in a press release.
“More than 30,000 kilometers will be covered during the test phase and all data collected will be shared with Mazda’s Hiroshima [research] and [development] Analysis center in Japan.
“Australia is recognized as a key market for its contribution to the global vehicle testing regime due to its unique road configuration and climatic conditions.”
It’s unclear if the CX-60 will receive unique Australian tuning for its suspension and steering to suit local tastes – as is common with most Hyundai and Kia cars made in Australia over the past decade were sold.
“The two development vehicles will also be used to reinforce … [the] The training plan is already being rolled out internally and across the 140-strong dealer network to strengthen local knowledge and understanding for the arrival of the CX-60,” Mazda said in a media release.
Stay tuned journey More details on the 2023 Mazda CX-60 can be found ahead of its Australian launch. Click on the links below to read Moves earlier coverage.
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