Mazda’s American-made SUV will be revealed on November 15 but won’t come to Australia
Mazda is set to unveil an array of more premium SUV models in the next year or two, starting with the CX-50.
Likely to be a slightly bigger and more luxurious version of the current CX-5 midsize SUV, the CX-50 will make its official debut on November 15 in the US.
The CX-50 will be based upon the same platform as the Mazda 3 hatch and CX-30 small SUV but won’t be built in Japan like many of the other models in Mazda’s range.
Instead, the CX-50 will be built in Alabama in the US in a plant shared with Toyota where the Toyota Corolla Cross is manufactured.
The new SUV is expected to be based on a transverse layout, which means it won’t score the new inline-six petrol engines. Those engines will be found in the upcoming CX-70 and CX-90 models which will have more engine bay space and longer bonnets.
The CX-50 will be expected to use the 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine and potentially the turbocharged version, too.
If all that sounds enticing, don’t be disappointed that the CX-50 will not be coming to Australia.
Instead, Australian buyers will be able to purchase the larger CX-60 which runs on the Large Product Architecture platform.
Alternatively, the CX-5 will remain a staple in the Mazda lineup, as confirmed by Mazda Australia in the last couple of months.
The new line-up of CX models are designed to take the Mazda brand further upmarket but the Japanese manufacturer has stressed the bulk of its more affordable vehicles will remain available.
The CX-60, CX-70 and CX-90 are all due to be unveiled within the next 12 months.
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