First Look: 2023 Mazda CX-50

Made for pavement and trail, this new “outdoor crossover” is more than just a taller CX-5

If you love the great outdoors, however your weekday truth is the city, Mazda has the vehicle for you. It’s just taken the covers off the 2023 CX-50, which it’s marketing as an “exterior crossover” that’ll easily take you to the camping area, as well as across metropolitan pavement.

It’s a totally new model that will certainly be sold in North America only, and also the very first constructed at a brand-new plant in Huntsville, Alabama that Mazda show Toyota. Mazda’s representatives state the CX-50 shares no parts with any kind of Toyota model, aside from a number of paint colours. CX-50 manufacturing begins early in 2022, with vehicles getting here in early spring.

The wraps came off the brand new car in a global video clip presentation, but as a result of COVID-19 constraints in different areas, only those people at a Toronto occasion reached see the CX-50 real.

It’s appealing to think about this as a CX-5 with even more ground clearance– similar, state, to what Subaru has done with its brand-new Wilderness variation of the Wilderness– yet that’s not the situation. The CX-50 is built on Mazda’s new “little” platform, which additionally underpins the Mazda3 and CX-30. The present CX-5 flights on older design, and also while company representatives won’t confirm, it makes sense that a next-gen CX-5 would likely move to this system too.

It’s a bit longer than the CX-5, with most of that extra length dedicated to cargo area. It’s also wider, yet its roofline is lower. Roofing system rails are basic, and also a roofing service provider is one of countless off-road-y devices that’ll be available. The rear doors open really wide, as well as with that said reduced roofline, you’ll have the ability to step up to accessibility things.

Very little technical info was disclosed, apart from that the CX-50 shares engines with the CX-5. Those are a 2.5 L naturally-aspirated four-cylinder, making 187 horsepower as well as 186 lb-ft of torque; or a turbocharged 2.5 L, making 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque if you spring for costs fuel (it’s 227 hp and 310 lb-ft on regular-grade). Both will use a six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel-drive will certainly be typical.

Still to find is electrification, consisting of a standard gas-electric hybrid. Any type of possibility of a plug-in crossbreed? Judging by the “no talk about future product” that I got, my money’s on it.

The big deal, according to lorry dynamics designer Dave Coleman, is that the CX-50 keeps Mazda’s track record for sporty managing no matter what surface is under the tires. Also those who camp will certainly spend a lot of their time on sidewalk arriving, he claimed, and therefore, the business balanced off-road ability without compromising on-road performance.

Its new drive mode system is called Mazda Intelligent Drive Select, or Mi-Drive. The 4 modes are sporting activity, normal, off-road, and also towing– regarding that last one, no word on transporting ability yet, however it’ll be “greater than CX-5,” which peaks at 2,000 pounds.

There’s only one off-road setup. Other automakers provide numerous settings, such as sand, mud, or ruts, however Coleman believes that’s confusing given that surfaces typically overlap. Rather, the all-wheel replies to what’s under the tires. Mazda uses a system called G-Vectoring Control, or GVC, which adjusts the engine’s torque as required to put more weight on the front tires. On a smooth gravel roadway, where the tires can shed their hold when you turn, GVC momentarily changes the cars and truck’s weight for a more accurate turn.

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When tow setting is selected, GVC helps to counter the extra weight on the automobile’s backside on turns. The all-wheel likewise adjusts for any type of yaw the trailer creates.

In the look division, the CX-50 resembles a much more rugged version of the CX-5. There’s the anticipated black cladding over the wheel wells and also below the doors, in addition to a black grille surround and matte-black hood stickers. The interior decoration is simple yet handsome, and there are switches as well as dials, constantly our favorite, to run features such as climate and also drive modes. There’s a tablet-style infomercial display, however it’s not touch-activated. Instead, you use a console-mounted joystick and also switches, which I locate to be basic yet a little bit clunky.

The CX-50 will feature Mazda’s first-ever panoramic sunroof, included on the obviously top-end trim shown at the event, together with warmed and also cooled seats, warmed guiding wheel, chauffeur aids, and also video camera. But until now, we do not understand trim degrees, or the price. The “estimate” offered by a Mazda representative is that it’ll be priced above the CX-5, matching the space between CX-30 and also CX-3. Those designs are around $3,000 apart, and also the existing CX-5 varieties from $29,200 to $42,950, so we anticipate the CX-50 to begin around $32,000.

So does Canada require yet another off-roadable portable sport-utility? According to Coleman, it isn’t a lot regarding the competition as concerning offering more to Mazda consumers who want more freight room, and also driving characteristics that move effortlessly from pavement to route. We’ll know much more when we lastly support the wheel, but for currently, it looks like an intriguing addition to the portable SUV market.