2022 Mazda CX-50 reveal as rugged 4×4 crossover

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The new Mazda CX-50 is a tough crossover that would be great in Australia, but it’s for the US only.

Mazda has revealed the new CX-50 as the first of five new SUVs due in the coming years, aiming it squarely at customers with “active and outdoor lifesyles”.

Developed especially for the US market, the CX-50 will be built at Mazda and Toyota’s shared Huntsville, Alabama factory from January 2022. It is the first model to wear the CX-50 nameplate, slotting into Mazda’s line-up between the CX-30 and CX-5. Mazda Australia has so far only confirmed that the upcoming CX-60 which is yet to be revealed.

The CX-50 gets four-wheel drive as standard for “greater confidence on- and off-road”, with Mazda’s new Intelligent Drive Select function (Mi-Drive) providing a variety of drive modes for tackling a range of different terrains and conditions. Mazda claims it will drive “naturally” both on challenging terrain and while towing.

mazda cx 50 08 zircon sandIt will be offered from launch with a choice of either turbocharged or naturally aspirated versions of Mazda’s 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine, both paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while electrified options – including a full hybrid – will be launched at a later date.

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Mazda has previously confirmed it will introduce plug-in hybrid technology to its line-up with the CX-60 and CX-80, but has given no indication that this US-only model will be available as a PHEV. The CX-50 will soon be joined by the larger CX-70 and CX-90, which will be among the first models to use the Japanese brand’s new six-cylinder petrol engines.

Design-wise, the CX-50’s relationship with the 3, CX-30 and MX-30 – each inspired by the radical Vision Coupé concept from 2017 – is clear. The brand’s ‘Kodo’ design ethos extends to narrow LED headlights, an expansive chrome-surround grille and a long, sloping bonnet. The contrasting body cladding – a nod to its off-road aspirations – draw a link to the MX-30 EV.

mazda cx 50 20 interior rear seatsThe interior is familiar from the 3, too, though Mazda has introduced “details inspired by technical, modern outdoor gear” to mark the CX-50 out as the more outdoors-focused SUV in its line-up.

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