People, you’re trying on the 2023 Mazda CX-50, the Japanese automaker’s latest entrant within the hotly-contested midsize crossover section. Sure, the newest CX-50 is a crossover just like the CX-5, and it rides on the identical transverse underpinnings because the Mazda 3 and CX-30. Mazda claims the 2023 CX-50 will go on sale subsequent yr alongside the CX-5 in the meanwhile, however we reckon the previous will finally substitute the latter within the automaker’s lineup.
“This new Mazda car has been developed for North America, notably to assist the lively outside life of shoppers on this area,” stated Jeff Guyton, President and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. Mazda additional provides the CX-50 heralds the arrival of extra SUVs just like the incoming CX-70 and CX90, each that includes an all-new longitudinal structure.
At first look, you wouldn’t be unsuitable to discern the all-new Mazda CX-50 as a CX-5 with plastic physique cladding and chunkier tires, however there’s extra to this crossover than meets the attention. Mazda claims the CX-50 is longer and has a broader observe than the CX-5, permitting it to supply extra room whereas giving it a wider stance. As well as, optionally available equipment like hood graphics and a roof rack additional improve its outdoorsy vibe.
Underneath the hood is the same old slew of powertrain choices discovered within the CX-5, though all-wheel-drive is normal throughout the lineup. It begins with a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Larger trim variants obtain a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-banger with 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque on 93 octane fuel. Frequent throughout each engine selections is a six-speed automated gearbox.
Mazda provides the 2023 CX-50 may even get electrified and hybrid powertrains in a while, and it revealed the model is working with fellow Japanese carmaker Toyota for the CX-50’s hybridization. If we have now to guess, the CX-50 might get the RAV4 Hybrid’s powertrain, and the plug-in hybrid mannequin is perhaps a by-product of the powertrain in a RAV4 Prime.
The Mazda CX-50 is a real five-seat SUV with beneficiant cargo room behind the rear seats. In the meantime, the cabin incorporates a related design to what you’ll discover within the CX-5, though the CX-50 will get plusher supplies and an optionally available panoramic moonroof. “The CX-50 encourages folks to immerse themselves in nature with out compromising on the premium design and excellent on-road efficiency Mazda is thought for,” added Guyton.
Manufacturing for the 2023 Mazda CX-50 will start at Mazda’s new manufacturing facility in Alabama shared with Toyota, the identical place the place the latter builds its Corolla Cross. The primary deliveries will arrive at Mazda sellers in Spring 2022.