When you hear the brand “Mazda,” the first thing that comes to mind is usually a small city car or if you are a petrol head, the legendary Miata.
Off-road vehicles have never been Mazda’s strong point and that is clear by the brand’s history. However, things have been changing lately.
In this article, we’ll have a look at the all-new Mazda CX-50 and some of the factors that differentiate it from the normal Mazda line-up.
Mazda and the Current 4×4 Industry
Mazda has made efforts in the past to enter the pickup market in certain parts of the world, but has failed miserably. After a long time, they seem to have entered the game with a good candidate – the BT-50.
Although the BT-50 will never be available in the US, the brand seems to have been taking note of the increasing demand for factory-tuned adventure crossovers and has replied with the new model of the Mazda CX-50.
The Exterior of the Mazda CX-50
With the new model, Mazda seems to have taken a more aggressive approach when it comes to looks.
The design of the car is on par with the rest of the lineup and the black wheel arches, grill, and trim around the headlights give it a slightly more rugged look.
We can also see some hood graphics which seem to be there to stop sun reflection. A good sized roof rack is also available.
What About the Engine?
The engines available will be the same ones as the old model. The two choices include the 2.5L SkyActive-G which produces 186hp and 186 lb-ft and the same displacement engine with a turbocharger produces 250hp and 320 lb-ft (on premium fuel).
The difference between the two is a big one; therefore, if you have the spare cash, go for the turbocharged unit.
Both engines will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Keep in mind that there have been rumors that a hybrid system is coming, but it will be at least a year until we can get our hands on one.
Driving Modes in the Mazda CX-50
From the pictures provided, we can also see that the driver can choose between off-road, normal, or sport mode.
This system aims to tweak throttle response and the traction control system to provide the best performance according to the situation.
The crossover will come with the I-Active all-wheel-drive system and there will be no options for a front-wheel-drive only vehicle.
Mazda has made the interior look a bit more rugged, but kept it very simple. All controls are where you would expect them to be and the whole cabin looks ergonomic and elegant.
Pricing and Availability of the Mazda CX-50
The CX-50 will hit the dealers in the spring of 2022 and pricing is not available yet.
If your current crossover is getting tired and you will be looking for a new vehicle over the next year, the Mazda may be a great choice for you.