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The 2023 Mazda CX-5 Could Make Life Very Hard for the BMW X3

Mazda might be taking on the BMW X3 as the 2023 CX-5 brings potent inline-six Engines and rear-wheel-drive to the Table

Not long ago, we shared details on how Mazda plans to reinvent itself. Now it appears that the brand’s best-selling model - the CX-5 - will not only continue to be a part of Mazda’s portfolio but is also about to become a lot more exciting. Mazda has confirmed that the upcoming CX-5 will “ride” on their new rear-wheel-drive architecture. Of course, you’ll still be able to get it with all-wheel-drive, but the new platform promises a lot more flexibility and sportiness. But that’s not all that’s new for the next generation CX-5.

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We already talked about Mazda’s sustainable “Zoom zoom” strategy and how the focus will eventually be moved to electrification. Until then, the Skyactive X engines will still evolve and continue to be offered in Mazda models, including the next-generation CX-5.

More importantly, the new turbocharged inline-six units will be put to good use in the upcoming SUV.

We are talking about a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six, which was initially believed to be a BMW unit (it's not), and a 3.0 or 3.3-liter inline-six turbodiesel, supposedly co-developed with Lexus.

We don’t have exact numbers, but we do know that both powertrains will work with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

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Some predicted numbers for the 3.0-liter Skyative X engine range from 282 to over 350 horsepower and 265 to 400 pound-feet (360 to 542 Nm). As for the diesel engine, predicted numbers are around 260 horsepower and 450 pound-feet (610 Nm). However, we’ll have to wait until 2022 to see how accurate these figures are.

Another big upgrade is the “retirement” of the six-speed automatic, which was deemed the only weak link in recent Mazda models when it comes to performance. Instead, the new Mazda CX-5 will feature a new eight-speed torque-converter automatic, as will every other model based on the rear-wheel-drive platform.

Given Mazda’s connection with Toyota, the eight-speed automatic might come from Aisin, 90 percent of which is owned by Toyota.
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Alistair Doak – Mazda marketing and product director – confirmed that the new platform and inline-six engines will indeed be used for their larger models, which include everything from the CX-5 and above. Speaking of the CX-5, it is expected to arrive in late 2022, as a 2023 model. Reports also indicate that the SUV might be renamed CX-50.

Mazda has been on a roll and although some of their models are not getting enough of a market share in the U.S., they’ve been quite successful in other regions of the world - case in point being the Mazda 6. The Mazda CX-5 has been one of the more exciting propositions as far as mid-size SUVs go and now, once again, Mazda is making a transition to a more upscale lineup with the 2023 CX-5 (CX-50?) being at the forefront. The fact that the above-mentioned information is confirmed by Mazda officials means that there is a lot to be excited about in Mazda’s corner.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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