The new Mazda CX-50 is not far off its public unveiling, sitting atop a premium platform – but this Yank-built SUV isn’t for Australia.
The Mazda CX-50 is just around the corner and will promise an array of new features and benefits, while riding on the same Small Product Architecture as the Mazda 3 small car and CX-30 small SUV.
It’ll be released globally during the first half of 2022 but we might catch a glimpse before that time.
Australian buyers will instead receive the larger CX-60 that runs on an even more sophisticated Large Product Architecture platform.
The larger models on their way to Australia will receive inline-six petrol and diesel engines with a mix of turbocharging, 48-volt mild hybrid systems and a possible plug-in hybrid system.
It was expected that the CX-50 would transition to a rear-wheel drive platform but the confirmation that the midsizer sits on the same platform as the CX-30 means it is likely to remain front-drive in nature, with optional AWD.
The larger SUVs announced today will indeed utilise longitudinal engine layouts and a rear-drive architecture.
Mazda’s large product platform has been in development for the last seven years and has been a well planned and executed exercise.
The CX-5 is to remain a part of Mazda’s range, especially considering the CX-50 won’t arrive here at all.
Mazda Australia’s senior manager for public relations and corporate communications, Sonia Singh, said that the CX-5 will continue on as normal.
“The CX-5 and CX-8 will continue to live alongside whichever of that product [CX-60, plus CX-70, CX-80 and CX-90] we bring, in the same way as the CX-30 and CX-3 live alongside one another happily but cater to very different audiences.”
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