Mazda will expand its European SUV line-up with two new models, the CX-60 and CX-80.
The two-row CX-60 and three-row CX-80 will go on sale in Europe during the next two years, Mazda said in a news release on Thursday.
The SUVs will lead the European introduction of plug-in hybrid models, Mazda said. They will be built on a newly developed large-vehicle platform and positoned above the current CX-5. Mazda has just upgraded its Hofu H2 plant in Japan to build vehicles on the new large platform.
The automaker also confirmed that it will launch a version of its MX-30 compact crossover in first half of 2022 with a plug-in drivetrain that also has a rotary engine generator to give the car a longer driving range.
The MX-30 was launched last year as Mazda’s first full-electric car but the model has been criticized for offering a range of 200 km (124 miles), shorter than most competitors.
Mazda used rotary engine technology from the 1960s until 2012. Despite being lighter and offering high specific power, it was abandoned for production models because it has higher consumption and emissions than a gasoline engine. The company revived the technology after electrified drivetrains became increasingly popular.
Mazda sold 5,740 units of the MX-30 Europe through August, according to JATO Dynamics. Total European sales during the first eight months rose 25 percent to 105, 480.
Starting around 2025, Mazda also will introduce a number of new products on a new EV-dedicated platform.
The automaker also plans to launch three new SUVs in the U.S. and some non-European markets between 2022 and 2023. These are the CX-70, CX-90 and CX-50.
The CX-50 wil use the same small-vehicle platform as the Mazda3 and the CX-30. It will be built at a new U.S. plant in Huntsville, Alabama, that Mazda is jointly operating with partner Toyota, which holds a 5.1 percent stake in Mazda.
Toyota has begun producing the Corolla Cross compact crossover at the plant, which has annual capacity to make 300,000 vehicles – half for Toyota, half for Mazda.
Hans Greimel contributed to this report