A new compact Mazda crossover has just been introduced and it is ok if you are a bit confused.
Already on market are the CX-3, CX-30, and CX-5. So where does the all-new CX-50 fit into the market? Mazda is positing the new crossover more for the outdoor enthusiasts. It is a more off-road centered vehicle than Mazda’s other compact crossover offerings. Think of it as a competitor to the Toyota RAV4 TRD and Subaru Forester Wilderness.
To emphasize the off-road prowess of the new model, the CX-50 features punched out fenders with protective body cladding. Combined with the lower roofline, the overall stance looks more ready to tackle the trails than a CX-5. Mazda claims to design the brand’s vehicles with a higher emphasis on appealing design and emotional response, rather than just based around specifications.
The same engines will be available for the CX-50 as are in the current CX-5. Expect the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine to make around 187 hp and the turbocharged version of that engine to generate 250 hp on premium fuel. We’re told the vehicle will also come as a hybrid down the road.
Mazda wanted to ensure the CX-50 kept the brand’s trademark capability and responsiveness on-road, while also making sure the CX-50 doesn’t get stuck when the pavement ends. To help this, Mazda has added four Mi-Drive modes that are tailored for different driving and/or road conditions. These include normal, sport, towing, and of course off-road.
The CX-50 will be the first product to be built at the new Mazda/Toyota plant in Alabama. It should start to arrive at dealerships later next spring.