MAZDA is turning to traditional Japanese themes for its new CX-60 which joins the company's UK line-up in the autumn as its flagship SUV, sitting above the latest Mazda CX-5.
The CX-60 is being launched with Mazda's first plug-in hybrid technology powertrain, which combines a Skyactiv-G 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a 100 kW electric motor and a 17.8 kWh high-capacity battery.
Offered in the UK in three trim grades - Exclusive-Line, Homura and Takumi - the CX-60 can be specified with two option packs across all grades - a Convenience Pack and Driver Assistance Pack, with a Comfort Pack available on Exclusive-Line.
Prices are still to be announced but Mazda has revealed details about the interior style of the large SUV which it says introduces the ideas of Kaichou - an element of disruption which mixes different textures and materials.
In the Exclusive-Line and Homura models, the CX-6- cabin mixes black leather, dark dash trim and chrome surrounds, while the range-topping Takumi takes the principles of Kaichou to a higher level by mixing different materials and textures such as white nappa leather, maple wood, chrome and high quality fabrics.
Takumi models also feature the Japanese stitching technique of Kakenui, which is a hanging stitch that leaves a seam with spaces between the trim fabrics revealing a glimpse of the material beneath.
This traditional Japanese style can be seen in the Takumi's fabric dash panel, which is a feature of the cabin that was also inspired by Musubu - the art of traditional Japanese binding.
The Mazda CX-60 Takumi also features maple wood trim on the doors and central transmission tunnel and treatment of the wood reflects the Japanese aesthetic of Hacho - asymmetrical balance or intentional unevenness.
The interior design of the CX-60's cabin sees a wide instrument panel with continuous lines which run through the cabin, while the horizontally symmetrical layout is centred around the driver to deliver the same considered cockpit design found on all Mazda cars.
With 45mm of rake and 70mm of reach adjustment the steering wheel adjusts through a wide range of positions, while the centre armrest is 230 mm longer and 37 mm wider than that of the CX-5.
The Commander Control knob has been moved forward by 132 mm and raised 82 mm to allow its operation with the user's arm resting comfortably on the centre armrest.
Both the front door grips and armrests have been designed to offer enhanced grip and support. The door armrests are now set at the same height as the centre armrest for ergonomic symmetry and maximum occupant comfort.