Mazda is expanding its range of SUVs with the new CX-50. The conventionally powered CX-50 is the first Mazda SUV to be offered exclusively for the US market, which also explains why the Japanese are presenting the SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. In terms of size, the CX-50 is above the CX-5, but is on the technical platform of Mazda3 and CX-30. The new crossover will be produced in the USA from January 2022.
In all probability he will not come to Germany. Mazda uses the premiere of the CX-50 to announce two new SUV models for the European market: The CX-60 and the CX-80 (three rows of seats) are to appear in 2022 and 2023.
Off-road look for the CX-50
Visually, the CX-50 is similar to the CX-5, but also has some special features. The US SUV from Mazda makes a much sturdier impression. The radiator grille extends into the surround of the headlights, chrome trim is sought in vain except for a few trim parts CX-50 appear very functional and robust leaves. The bonnet is covered with a matt decorative film. Unlike other Mazda SUVs, the plastic-framed wheel arches are not round, but angular – as with the all-electric MX-30. Above all, fall at the stern the strongly shaped taillights and the wide apron with indicated air outlets on the left and right on. In combination with the roof rack, the first press photos give an impression of the CX-50 that is heavily trimmed in terms of utility and off-road mobility.
Functional cockpit and two engines
Of the The interior of the CX-50 is tidy, an attached monitor is placed in the middle of the rather high armature support. The cockpit architecture makes a harmonious, very functional impression. The first pictures show round instruments (presumably partly digital) and a slim steering wheel as well as a climate control unit with buttons and rotary controls. Mazda itself promises high-quality materials and highlights the panoramic roof of the CX-50. The information on the technology is extremely sparse. Mazda has so far only announced that the CX-50 will be offered in two engines. Both variants are 2.5-liter petrol engines – one with turbocharging, one without. The all-wheel drive of the CX-50 should have a new driving mode (Mi-Drive). Electrified variants are to follow at a later date.