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The new Mazda CX-60 will grow to offer a broad array of engines including a plug-in hybrid and two six-cylinders – but the first cars in local showrooms are set to be powered by non-turbo four-cylinder petrol engines.

The 2023 Mazda CX-60 looks set to launch in Australia with a non-turbocharged petrol engine before the end of this year – ahead of the flagship plug-in hybrid (PHEV) four-cylinder powertrain announced at the car’s reveal, and the much-anticipated inline six-cylinders.

The first model on Mazda’s new rear-wheel-drive platform, the CX-60 can be had globally with a four-cylinder plug-in hybrid system, along with two new inline six-cylinder engines – one petrol and one diesel.

However, while still to be explicitly confirmed, it’s believed Mazda Australia will follow in the footsteps of Mazda Japan by launching the vehicle with the only other engine confirmed to be under the CX-60’s bonnet: a 2.5-litre non-turbo four-cylinder petrol engine developing 138kW/250Nm.

Speaking at the international launch of the 2022 Mazda CX-60 in Portugal, a Mazda Australia spokesperson indicated the vehicle’s flagship 241kW/500Nm (with 17.8kWh battery) plug-in hybrid system will be offered in Australia.

However, this PHEV system won’t be available at launch, and is instead expected to follow after “another option” which will power the CX-60 from launch – believed to be the aforementioned four-cylinder, non-hybrid petrol engine.

The hotly-anticipated inline-six-cylinder engines announced for the car – a 3.3-litre diesel and a 3.0-litre petrol – won’t enter production until late 2022, and sometime in 2023 respectively.

By reason of deduction, the only other powerplant left in the bank for the CX-60’s launch is the globally-announced 2.5-litre non-turbo petrol four-cylinder engine – which also sees duty in the current CX-5 and CX-8 SUVs locally.

Mazda Australia hasn’t listed the order in which each engine will appear inside the CX-60, but a pattern begins to appear, considering production of the inline-six engines won’t start until late 2022 at the earliest.

It is not known whether the six-cylinder powertrains will benefit from four-wheel-drive traction at launch, however it is available globally – and the car will definitely receive all-wheel drive once the PHEV variant arrives.

While the PHEV’s engine is also naturally aspirated, it receives a boost in output thanks to a 17.8kWh battery. This powertrain produces a combined power output of 241kW/500Nm, which is sent to all four wheels, making the CX-60 PHEV Mazda’s most powerful production car ever.

The 2023 Mazda CX-60 is due to arrive in Australia before the end of the year, and will grow to encompass “a broad reach of powertrains” in due course, the company says.

For full details on the new Mazda CX-60, click here to read Drive’s earlier coverage.

Tom started out in the automotive industry by exploiting his photographic skills but quickly learned that journalists got the better end of the deal. He began with CarAdvice in 2014, left in 2017 to join Bauer Media titles including Wheels and WhichCar and subsequently returned to CarAdvice in early 2021 during its transition to Drive. As part of the Drive content team, Tom covers automotive news, car reviews, advice, and holds a special interest in long-form feature stories. He understands that every car buyer is unique and has varying requirements when it comes to buying a new car, but equally, there’s also a loyal subset of Drive audience that loves entertaining enthusiast content. Tom holds a deep respect for all things automotive no matter the model, priding himself on noticing the subtle things that make each car tick. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t learn something new in an everchanging industry, which is then imparted to the Drive reader base.

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