Sharing its foundation with the CX-30, Mazda’s new CX-50 midsize SUV offers turbo-charged power and rugged looks, but it won’t make it to Australia.
The 2022 Mazda CX-50 was revealed in the United States, although the new midsize SUV will not arrive in Australia.
The new model will be built (starting in January) together with the Toyota Corolla Cross in a new joint venture factory with Toyota in Huntsville, Alabama, specifically for North American showrooms – almost excluding it for Australian sale, as a right-hand drive option probably hasn’t been developed.
Positioned as a more premium offering than today’s CX-5, the CX-50 is said to be designed for “Support the active, outdoor lifestyle of customers in [North America]”, with features such as standard all-wheel drive, high-strength handrails and reinforced B-pillars to support heavy roof loads and off-road tires on some variants.
First seen in spy photos earlier this year, the CX-50 wears an evolution of Mazda’s long-standing Kodo design language.
Up front, there is a wide central grille, slim LED headlights, lower vertical front air intakes (with horizontal daytime running lights) and, on some variants, a metallic lower skid plate and black decal on the “CX” hood -50 “.
The rear wheel arches are much more prominent than on any other Mazda, combining styling features including a chunky black wheel arch trim, silver side and rear skid plates, slim LED taillights (with a ‘four eyes’ signature) and dual download tips. Available colors will include Zircon Sand and Polymetal Gray.
Inside, the CX-50 draws links with its CX-30 platform mate, sharing the smaller model’s steering wheel design, 7.0-inch instrument display and dashboard layout, albeit the infotainment screen. non-touch is larger than the 8.8- on the CX-30. inches and there are unique design touches including a new panoramic sunroof for Mazda.
There are some variants with a “terracotta” interior, incorporating brown leather seats, black interior surfaces and contrasting stitching.
The engine of the CX-50 is a choice of 2.5-liter naturally aspirated and turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engines, paired with six-speed automatic transmissions that propel the wheels through an i-Activ all-wheel drive system , aided by a Mi-Drive driving mode selector.
The horsepower for the engines has not been confirmed, however expect them to match the units offered in the CX-30, developing 139kW and 252Nm without a turbocharger, or 170kW and 420Nm with a turbo (increasing to 186kW and 434Nm with premium fuel).
Mazda USA says a selection of electrified options will be available “in the next few years,” including a “traditional hybrid model” – likely borrowing the technology from joint venture partner Toyota, albeit the 90-liter 1.8-liter hybrid system. kW in the CX-50 Production line partner Corolla Cross may prove inadequate for Mazda’s larger bodywork.
The 2022 Mazda CX-50 is expected to make its public debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show later this week, before its North American launch early next year.
It will not be offered in Australia, with Mazda’s local arm sticking to the CX-5 and upcoming CX-60 models to cater to midsize SUV buyers.