2023 Mazda CX-50 is bigger, more robust than CX-5


While Mazda is still keeping many of the specs on the 2023 CX-50, its sturdiest, hidden SUV, Mazda engineer Dave Coleman has provided a lot of information to give us a much better idea of ​​the vehicle’s size and what it’s based on. In general, it is larger than the current CX-5, and is more capable.

The CX-50 is based on the same basic platform as the Mazda3 Other CX-30. And that extends to the suspension design of the MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. This is because this platform was designed with torsion radius in mind, and Coleman and Mazda argue that this suspension design was used to maintain vehicle movements simple and natural feeling.

While the CX-30 lending its platform is a subcompact SUV, the CX-50 is a bit larger in almost all dimensions than the compact CX-5. It is longer, wider and has greater ground clearance, however the overall height is a little lower. Dimensions pay dividends inside too, with more legroom than the CX-5, though Coleman couldn’t provide specific dimensions for the CX-50 inside or out. He also said that the CX-50 is also opposed to the CX-9, and as a result, it would actually be too large to be built at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant, hence its production at the new Mazda-Toyota joint plant in Alabama. Mazda was also able to adapt to this size as the CX-50 is designed for North America, so making sure it was usable on narrow Japanese and European roads was not a priority.

In addition to being larger, the CX-50 will have more capabilities than the CX-5. Coleman revealed he will have better towing capacity compared to the old SUV’s 2,000-pound limit, but didn’t say the exact amount. Additionally, in an effort to improve off-road capabilities, Mazda fitted a heavier all-wheel drive joint with a larger clutch – one that’s even bigger than that of the CX-9. This is coupled with the off-road driving mode we touched on in the disclosure article which adjusts various parameters for off-road driving. Something not included is a hill descent control feature, which Coleman said was left out in favor of making the Brakes very controllable to keep driving settings simple and prevent the car from doing anything unusual, leaving control in the driver’s hands.

Coleman revealed some other curiosities about the CX-50 that don’t really fit into any particular subject area. Despite a similar name and roughly similar dimensions, the CX-50 will do Not replace the CX-5, as in the case of the CX-30 e CX-3. Apparently the two SUVs are intended for different buyers. So while he couldn’t provide details on the hybrid CX-50 said there are still a couple of years to go. It will also use some Toyota technology, but would not say to what extent.

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