6 Must-Know Facts About The Singapore-Bound Mazda CX-60

6 Must-Know Facts About The Singapore-Bound Mazda CX-60

Gerald Yuen
Gerald Yuen
25 Jul 2023

If naming conventions are meant to streamline products, Mazda’s CX-60 based on first impressions might have its work cut out. We’re familiar with the CX-3, CX-5, CX-8 and CX-9, but throw in an additional digit into the mix and perspectives start to get blurry.

But perhaps that’s exactly what Mazda had in mind. With the CX-60, it has pretty much rewritten its own rulebook to announce a midsize SUV based on the “Large Product Group” - a platform that’s capable of implementing rear and all-wheel drive drivetrains, and include up to a straight six engine beneath the hood. This platform can also house plug-in hybrid drivetrains.

While other manufacturers prefer to keep spec sheets clean and simple for a single model possibly to push costs southwards, Mazda’s approach for the CX-60 leans towards the other end of the spectrum - it tends to localise each product pretty aggressively, based on market preferences. Which is why a Singapore-spec CX-60 will likely differ quite a bit from neighbouring markets. Here’s what we need to know about the CX-60, and how it has been specced to cater to local buyers:

New front end

The CX-60’s front grille showcases an adjusted aspect ratio to emphasise its height more than other Mazdas. The wing of the grille now features an indicator. A new headlight design with vertically stacked lamps and an L-shaped lighting signature enhances its presence. It gets fitted with equally mighty 20-inch rims, too.

Roomy cabin

It’s larger than the CX-5 on the outside, but the interior is where it really shines, thanks to the new architecture. There’s 1,504mm of shoulder room in the front seats (44mm more than the CX-5), and 1,441 mm in the rear seats (50mm more than the CX-5). Its in-house developed 8-speed automatic gearbox is also very compact, and gives the driver and front passenger more footwell space!

Stargazers, rejoice

It features a massive 1060mm x 995mm panoramic roof to expand the range of visibility and light for rear seat passengers.

2.5-litre NA engine offered

We might have heard of 3.3-litre turbocharged petrol and diesel CX-60s, or even one powered by a 2.5-litre plug-in hybrid. But Singapore will receive only one variant - a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated engine that churns out 188bhp and 261Nm of torque, capable of sprinting to 100km/h from standstill in 9.6 seconds. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is rated at 13.3km/l.

Dynamic focus

Nope, opting for a cheaper torsion beam setup for the CX-60 didn’t even cross Mazda’s mind. A more premium double wishbone setup up front and a multi-link rear suspension system aids in cornering ability, while retaining a pliant ride over undulations. It might weigh 1,768kg, but weight distribution is improved over previous Mazda SUVs and crossovers with this variant being rear-wheel drive.

You’re in safe hands

At least 2 safety features are making Mazda debuts: See-Through View - a next-gen 360-degree monitor with extended field of view at low speeds, and Vehicle Exit Warning (BSM) for rear-approaching road users.

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