Meet the rugged Mazda CX-50

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The Los Angeles Auto Show is this week – yes, it really is happening, as of this writing, and this author will be boarding a flight to Cali tomorrow – and one of the vehicles that had been teased prior to the show was the Mazda CX-50.

Your humble scribe should have been in Los Angeles last weekend to see it, but COVID caused Mazda’s offsite site to be wiped out. And that’s why I’m looking at the press photos while I’m sitting here in cold Chicago.

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The CX-50 is a new model, which is planned to be built in Huntsville, Alabama. It’s another crossover, full of Mazda’s “zoom-zoom” ethic, but meant to be sturdy enough for a relatively light off-roader. All-wheel drive will be standard, along with a system of customizable driving modes. Two engines will be offered: a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 2.5-liter turbocharged four. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available.

Electrification is in the cards, and that includes a hybrid model, although Mazda is mom on more details at this point. A panoramic moonroof will be available for the first time on any Mazda. A terracotta interior color joins some new Mazda exterior colors.

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“This new Mazda vehicle has been developed for North America, specifically to support the active, outdoor lifestyle of customers in this region,” said Jeff Guyton, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, in a press release. “The CX-50 encourages people to immerse themselves in nature without compromising the premium design and exceptional road performance that Mazda is known for.”

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You will notice that I am not saying much about the specs. This is because Mazda will release more information at a later date. For now, we can look at the all-new Mazda crossover, which looks like a natural competitor to the next Subaru Solterra Other Toyota bZ4X.

One thing we know: Mazda intends to start production in January 2022.

[Images: Mazda]

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