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TWO bigger SUVs are coming to Europe as Mazda expands its operations.

The Japanese car maker has announced it will be bringing its CX-60 and CX-80 models to the Continent within the next two years while it has also confirmed it will be launching a version of its MX-30 electric SUV fitted with a range extending rotary powertrain in the first half of 2022.

The CX-60 and CX-80 - which are bigger than the current range-topping CX-5 Mazda SUV - feature two-row and three-row seating respectively.

The two models will also spearhead the European introduction of plug-in hybrid models with straight-four gasoline engines combined with an electric motor.

The new generation straight-six SkyActiv-X petrol engine and SkyActiv-D diesel engine will also be introduced in combination with a 48-volt mild hybrid system.

The MX-30 will be fitted with a rotary engine to extend its current 165 mile zero emission range and will be the first application of a rotary engine in a Mazda model since the RX-8 was discontinued in 2012.

The company says that from around 2025, it will introduce a number of products on a new EV-dedicated platform and wwith the introduction of these models, it is on track to complete the electrification of its complete range by 2030.

Alongside these new models, the Mazda CX-5, which has been recently updated, remains one of the core models driving Mazda's business globally.

The CX-5, and other models such as the CX-30, will continue to play a key role in Mazda's crossover SUV line-up.

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