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Mazda Looks To Strengthen Its SUV Lineup With The New CX-50

The new CX-50 will be targeted at folks looking for a rugged SUV

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Mazda has introduced a new SUV to its lineup called the CX-50. Rumored to replace the CX-5 in the automaker’s lineup, the CX-50 will actually coexist with the former and try to bring in big numbers for Mazda together. The CX-50 is brought in to boost Mazda’s sales in the U.S. as the company aims to move 150,000 examples of it every year. Not a whole lot of details are revealed, but from what we know so far, it will be the jack of all trades.

What’s Special About The Mazda CX-50?

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Mazda cars are known for their understated, minimalist looks. The Kodo design language that they follow is focused on making the models look classy and not loud. The CX-50 is a slight exception, though. It is a little more jacked up than the CX-5, but that’s not a bad thing. The automaker has noted that the SUV is ‘geared toward outdoor ruggedness’.

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The CX-50 comes with a blacked-out grille, black wheel cladding, and other decals on the body that make the SUV look even more chiseled. To go with the outdoor ruggedness theme, Mazda has opted for high-strength roof rails and reinforced b-pillars and door jambs to make the roof rack usable. We are yet to get the specs and dimensions of the CX-50, but it seems to ride on 18-inch wheels. The SUV will be offered in a new color called the Zircon Sand, which looks pretty good and gels well with all the black elements on the body.

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It is simple and classy on the inside as well. Folks looking for a lot of pizzazz will be disappointed. The seats and door panels are draped in Terracota colored upholstery. There’s a panoramic sunroof on offer, too. As mentioned earlier, we’re yet to get a whole list of specs and features.

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The CX-50 will be powered by the Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter engine. Just like the CX-5, this engine will be offered in a naturally aspirated form and with a turbocharger. Power outputs are not revealed, but we expect the same tuning as the CX-5 here.

The free-revving engine in the CX-5 churns out 187 ponies and 186 pound-feet of twist, whereas the forced induction option dishes out 250 horses and 320 pound-feet of oomph.
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Being sold as a mild off-roader, the CX-50 will come with the i-Activ All-Wheel Drive system as standard. Power will be routed to the wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox. Mazda will add a hybrid powertrain to it and also fully electrify it in the future. The details about these options are scarce, but we should hear more in due time.

How Much Will The Mazda CX-50 Cost?

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To increase its share in the SUV segment, Mazda has come up with a new offering called the CX-50. It will complement the CX-5 in the company’s lineup

There’s no word on the trims levels or the pricing yet. We speculate the pricing to be a tad bit higher than the CX-5’s. The CX-5 starts at $25,370 and goes all the way up to $37,505. However, there are seven trims on offer. The CX-50, we feel, will be lighter on this front, which will allow the company to price is a little higher. So, we speculate a starting price of around $30,000 and expect it to go north of $40,000.


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The CX-50 will be the first Mazda built at the new Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Alabama. The automaker mentioned that the CX-50’s production will begin in January 2022. The deliveries should begin soon after.

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Mazda North American Operations today hosted the virtual world premiere of the first-ever Mazda CX-50. A completely new model, CX-50 is the first Mazda vehicle to be built at the new Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) plant in Huntsville, Alabama, with production beginning in January 2022.

"This new Mazda vehicle has been developed for North America, particularly to support the active and outdoor lifestyles of customers in this region," Jeff Guyton, President and CEO of Mazda North American Operations said. "The CX-50 encourages people to immerse themselves in nature without compromising on the premium design and outstanding on-road performance Mazda is known for."

As a new addition to the Mazda lineup, CX-50 maintains key attributes expected of all Mazda vehicles, including superior driving dynamics and beautiful design. In addition, Mazda has extended this vehicle’s capability to enable drivers to venture further into the outdoors and various terrains.

The first-ever CX-50 emphasizes Mazda’s trademark natural driving experience to help create greater confidence on and off-road. Enhancing this experience, it will be equipped as standard with the latest i-Activ All-Wheel Drive (AWD) technology and new Mazda Intelligent Drive Select, or Mi-Drive. The new drive modes can be selected with the Mi-Drive switch and will help the crossover SUV drive naturally in a wide variety of conditions, such as in exciting off-road terrain or providing reliable towing capabilities. At launch, CX-50 will be available with Mazda’s efficient powertrains, Skyactiv-G 2.5 naturally aspirated engine or Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine and paired with a responsive six-speed automatic transmission. In the coming years, the CX-50 will also be offered with electrified powertrains, including a traditional hybrid model. More information about our electrified models will be shared at a later date.

The CX-50 creates a new styling expression in the Mazda lineup that blends the brand’s striking Kodo design with an outdoor capable presence that respectfully interacts with the surroundings. The sleek, long silhouette and wide stance help give the vehicle dynamic proportions that balances design elements that are geared toward outdoor ruggedness. As expected with any current Mazda, the interior of CX-50 is well-crafted and features a layout focused on the driver. Blended seating materials and details inspired by technical, modern outdoor gear all help create a welcoming atmosphere fitting for both adventurists and those just starting their journey into an active lifestyle. A new panoramic moonroof, a first for Mazda, helps the occupants feel more connected to nature. The CX-50 will also debut new color options, such as Zircon Sand exterior paint and an available terracotta interior color.

To further support CX-50’s presence in the outdoor space, its designs are more than just beautiful, they are also functional. While the interior provides comfort to all passengers, the cargo space is thoughtfully designed to help support and enable outdoor activities. The vehicle’s height and length are ideal for easily loading and securing common outdoor equipment. Additionally, the high strength roof rails and reinforced b-pillars and door jambs add to the usability of securing equipment on the roof of CX-50. This all-new vehicle will help encourage our customers to explore the outdoors without having to compromise on distinct designs or dynamic driving.

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