2023 Mazda CX-50 debuts with rugged seems to be like, off-street-targeted efficiency

2023 Mazda CX-50 debuts with rugged seems to be like, off-street-targeted efficiency

Mazda’s latest SUV seems to be like a direct competitor to the Subaru Crosstrek.


Instantly after the perplexing begin of the MX-30 electrical crossover, but additionally using important on the continued achievement of its rather more typical CX-5, Mazda simply unveiled the latest member of its rising partner and kids of SUVs. Fulfill the brand new 2023 Mazda CX-50, with a think about off-road basic efficiency that seems like a shot all through Subaru’s bow.

The CX-50 is visually and, presumably, bodily taller than the CX-5 — Mazda hasn’t produced in depth specs and proportions nonetheless. Mazda tells us that the CX-50’s very low roofline and huge-opening rear door grant easy receive to the roof racks, regardless of the elevated ground clearance.

Up entrance, it’s possible you’ll find a blacked-out mannequin of the automaker’s wing-shaped grille and headlight combo that assists to visually broaden the SUV’s stance. Not that it calls for significantly optical trickery: The CX-50 riffs on Mazda’s design language with broader, extra squared-off shoulders and fender flares to accommodate its broader maintain observe of. And, of examine course, as a result of that is an off-highway concentrated motorized vehicle, there’s black plastic cladding defending the wheel arches and decreased system.

At launch, the CX-50 will probably be supplied with every in a pure manner aspirated and turbocharged variations of the automaker’s Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with a six-velocity computerized transmission and commonplace all-wheel generate. Electrified powertrain selections will be part of the lineup submit-start, which embody a standard hybrid mannequin, however specifics about specs and timing of that configuration haven’t nonetheless been launched.

Mazda’s technique to the CX-50’s general efficiency is, in commonplace Mazda type, a little or no distinctive from the remaining. The automaker tells us that in its analysis all-around how motorists use off-road-targeted SUVs, they discovered that the overwhelming majority of driving nonetheless requires place on paved roads simply earlier than you arrive on the mud. So, it aimed to provide a visit constructed near the great on-road driving dynamics we have noticed in the remainder of its roadsters, hatchbacks and SUVs — no, not you, MX-30 — with just a little little bit of extra capability for path driving.


A taller journey top and darkish cladding visually present the CX-50’s off-highway mission.


The SUV attributes 4 Mazda Intelligent Journey Choose, or MI-Drive, modes that alter efficiency for distinct illnesses: regular, exercise, towing and off-street modes. Bear in mind that is just one explicit off-road methodology, pretty than explicit individual configurations for gravel, sand, mud, and so forth. 

“If you’re off the pavement, off-street mode is the an individual you need,” claims Dave Coleman, automobile enhancement engineer at Mazda R&D. “It is as quite simple as that.”

“Although [multiple off-road modes] seems fascinating within the showroom, we found it bewildering off-street,” Coleman carries on. “The authentic-earth problems are all the time some ambiguous combination of surfaces touchdown someplace amongst the configurations you occur to be selecting out from. We firmly assume essentially the most good methodology within the auto is the motive force.” 


The inside riffs on Mazda’s acknowledged type with merchandise and shades impressed by outside instruments.


Inside, you’re going to find a driver-oriented cockpit collectively the strains of what we’ve got seem to hope from Mazda motor automobiles. Even the vents are organized symmetrically all around the steering wheel, aimed fantastically on the driver. The cabin will also be customary with a brand new Terracotta inside construction motif inspired by trendy outside tools. The CX-50 additionally marks the debut of Mazda’s preliminary panoramic moonroof choice.

The all-new Mazda CX-50 will get began output following calendar yr on the new Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant in Huntsville, Alabama, in January 2022, arriving at dealerships afterwards within the yr.

Replace, Nov. 19: Mazda did not specify a design yr with the CX-50’s debut, however we now know it may be a 2023 product.