Mazda introduced a new crossover CX-50

Mazda introduced a new crossover CX-50

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Mazda has set a course to expand its own line of crossovers. On the eve of the Japanese company presented a new model – CX-50, which will enter the US and Canadian markets next year. The novelty is a compact cross with a wide streamlined body, focused on those who like to relax in nature – this is dictated by the all-wheel drive available by default. At the start, the model will be offered with two units, and later hybrids will be added to the line.

The Mazda CX-50 is based on the transverse engine platform from the Mazda CX-5, which has also recently become the default all-wheel drive. According to some reports, the new product may oust the CX-5 from the market, but so far Mazda has not disclosed plans for an older model.

The target audience of the CX-50 is outdoor enthusiasts, so the crossover got roof rails for attaching equipment to the roof, as well as reinforced center pillars and door frames. The interior layout is driver-oriented, with a panoramic sunroof integrated into the roof to enhance the “connection with nature”, according to Mazda.

Already in the “base” CX-50 will be offered with Mazda Intelligent Drive Select, or Mi-Drive – a system for selecting driving modes for different types of coverage.

The engine range at the start will include two units familiar from the CX-5: an aspirated 2.5 and a turbo engine of the same volume from the Skyactiv-G family, paired with a six-speed automatic. The recoil of the engines on the CX-50 is not disclosed, but on the CX-5 they develop 190 and 253 horsepower, respectively. In the future, the range will be replenished with electrified power plants.

In 2022, the CX-50 will enter the assembly line at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) in Huntsville, Alabama. Sales are planned in the US and Canada, where the larger CX-70 and CX-90 will follow.

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