Step inside the Mazda CX-60 and the interior design follows the example of the exterior by expressing new levels of premium quality and design, while living the ‘Crafted in Japan’ inspiration with materials and design techniques inspired by traditional Japanese craftmanship. The sense of spaciousness is reinforced by a dashboard that features continuous lines that run through the side air vents into the door trim.

As you expect from Mazda, the design of the cabin has carefully considered driver comfort and the connection with the car that is very essence of the ‘Jinba-Ittai’ –  the oneness between car and driver ethos found in every Mazda. The CX-60 has a horizontally symmetrical layout centred on the driver that offers an ergonomically excellent driving position that feels natural and supportive. The development of an all-new slim eight-speed automatic gearbox has minimised transmission tunnel width, allowing for the ideal pedal and seat placement with more than enough knee space for drivers of all builds. In addition, the Mazda CX-60 (from Homura grade onwards) is the first Mazda to feature electric steering wheel adjustment and has 45mm of rake and 70mm of reach adjustment.

Compared to the Mazda CX-5, the centre armrest is 230mm longer and 37mm wider, while the Multimedia Commander control knob for the Mazda Connect system has been moved forward by 132mm and raised by 82mm to allow for easier operation with your arm in a natural resting position. Furthermore, the door armrests and the centre armrest are set at the same height for ergonomic symmetry and maximum passenger comfort.

Another new feature linked to driver comfort is the all-new Mazda Driver Personalisation System, which comprises three functions: an automated driving position guide, automatic setting restoration and ingress/egress assistance. Standard on Homura and Takumi grades (and optional on Exclusive-Line as part of the Comfort Pack) the Mazda Driver Personalisation System, uses the camera inside the cabin and facial recognition technology to deliver its clever functionality. It includes a function that automatically adjusts driver position based on the driver’s physique. It can also use facial recognition to automatically restore the chosen saved seating and other vehicle setting preferences each time you climb into the driver’s seat.

In addition to the focus on the physical driving position of the driver, Mazda’s cabin designers have ensured just as much work has gone into ensuring that the CX-60 has the very best instrument display and central screen set ups. The driver’s cockpit area features three main instrument displays: a full TFT-LCD instrument binnacle, a large colour head-up display and a 12.3-inch centre infotainment screen. The TFT driver’s information screen/binnacle has been enlarged to 12.3 inches and in addition to displaying digital dials, driver assist modes, warning displays and Mi-Drive mode displays, it also features a dynamic start-up mode and supports the Mazda Driver Personalisation System.

The CX-60’s Active Driving Display colour windscreen projecting head-up display is three times larger than the display in the CX-30, while the 12.3-inch centre infotainment screen is the largest yet on a Mazda. Featuring the latest version of Mazda Connect, which includes enhancements such as a quicker start up and improved resolution it’s easy to use for the driver or passenger thanks to the intuitive Mazda Connect commander control knob. The combination of the screen and the controller ensures easy and instinctive use of all entertainment, navigation, settings, information and communication menus.

An equally important part of the CX-60’s driver focused ergonomics is excellent visibility, with the shape of the bonnet designed to make it easier to see the leading edge of the car, in fact the bonnet’s diagonal forward visibility threshold (the amount of road surface hidden by the vehicle corner diagonally opposite the driver) has been shortened by 303mm compared to the smaller CX-5, while the forward visibility threshold (the amount of road hidden by the vehicle directly in front of the driver) has also been shortened by 100mm. In addition the base of the of the A-Pillar has been given a large curved shape to make it easier to see at junctions.

When it comes to passenger space and luggage capacity, the CX-60’s 2,870mm wheelbase and 1,680mm height guarantees this is Mazda’s most practical SUV to date. With 44mm more shoulder room in the front seats than the CX-5, in the rear the increase over the smaller CX-5 is 50mm. The rear seats have been designed to ensure passengers have enough legroom to sit comfortably and move without the need to twist their lower body.

Including the underfloor storage, the CX-60 has a 570-litre boot, and loaded to the roofline, a maximum seats down capacity of 1,726 litres. Compared to the CX-5, the width of the tailgate opening is 35mm wider, while to make loading easier the height difference between the boot floor and the tailgate lip has been minimised. As with the CX-5, the CX-60 features 40:20:40 folding rear seats with quick release levers in the boot and a Karakuri tonneau cover for security. The CX-60 boot also features a 12v power socket, while the optional Convenience Pack on Homura and Takumi adds a three-pin 1500w AC socket. Across all models, the CX-60 also features a hands free power tailgate as standard.

For all its practicality and driver comfort, for many it is the materials, design and quality of the CX-60’s cabin that will leave the biggest impression. The CX-60’s interior achieves the very highest standards of craftmanship to deliver a premium interior rooted in Japanese heritage. The elegant, premium quality interior design introduces the ideas of Kaichou - an element of disruption which mixes different materials and textures. With the flagship Takumi grade, materials such as maple wood, white nappa leather combine with uniquely worked Japanese textiles and chrome details, and Musubu – the art of binding which was the inspiration for the specially detailed instrument panel stitching.

The treatment of the maple wood trim reflects the Japanese aesthetic of Hacho – asymmetrical balance, or intentional unevenness. The woven fabrics’ diverse patterns and yarns respond sensitively to changes in light, and a Japanese stitching technique called Kakenui creates ‘hanging stitching’ seams with spaces between the trim fabrics revealing a glimpse of the material beneath.

Whether it’s the black leather and titanium piping of the Homura or the white nappa leather, grey fabric and unique stitching of the Takumi, the Mazda CX-60 sets new standards for interior quality and materials, while the distinctly different cabins of the higher grade models deliver a unique choice for customers. Both Homura and Takumi can be specified with the optional panoramic sunroof, while the Convenience Pack adds privacy glass, wireless phone charging and door pocket lighting. Combining class-leading quality, new levels of technology and a premium cabin inspired by the precision and beauty of Japanese craft, the all-new Mazda CX-60 represents the very best standard of Mazda interior.