Mazda Australia has confirmed the rough pre-order split for its upcoming CX-60 SUV, with Australian customers showing a strong skew towards plug-in hybrid and inline-six petrol variants.

Despite commanding a $12,000-$12,500 premium over the equivalent turbo petrol depending on grade, the ‘P50e’ 2.5-litre plug-in hybrid version of Mazda’s rival to the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC accounts for approximately 40 per cent of its already ‘healthy’ order bank.

The entry-level G40e 3.3-litre turbocharged inline six petrol mild-hybrid also accounts for around 40 per cent of current CX-60 pre-orders, with the D50e 3.3-litre inline-six turbo-diesel mild-hybrid accounting for the remaining 20 per cent share.

Pricing for the CX-60 PHEV starts from $72,300 plus on-road costs in entry-level Evolve trim, climbing to $87,252 before on-roads for the Azami flagship.

By comparison, the G40e kicks off from $59,800, while the D50e starts marginally higher at $61,800. The mid-spec GT versions of the mild-hybrid petrol and diesel models are likewise positioned below the base PHEV ($67,800 and $69,800 respectively).

“This obviously continues to change as new orders are received, and the popularity of the PHEV so far is not unusual given early adopters will want to experience the latest Mazda technology,” said a Mazda Australia spokesperson.

“Ensuring we give customers everything they need as early as possible in terms of information, pricing and specifications and pre-ordering ability helps us to meet the necessary demand for our market.”

Pricing for the 2023 Mazda CX-60 range was announced late in November 2022, with pre-orders opening shortly after. First customer deliveries are due around June 2023 at this stage.

The CX-60 P50e teams a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine with a 100kW/250Nm electric motor as well as a 17.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

System outputs are rated at 241kW and 500Nm, while zero-emissions range “up to 76 kilometres” in local ADR testing – though this is based on the dated and more lenient NEDC cycle. According to more accurate WLTP specs in the UK, the CX-60 e-Skyactiv PHEV should be able to achieve up to 62km.

Combined fuel consumption, meanwhile, is rated at a thrifty 2.1L/100km.

Mazda claims the CX-60 PHEV can dash from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds, and up until recently it was the most powerful road-going vehicle the company has every produced – until the new CX-90 came along with its uprated 254kW 3.3-litre turbocharged inline six.

For the full rundown of the all-new 2023 Mazda CX-60 range, click here.

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James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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