Mazda North America today hosted the virtual world premiere of the first-ever Mazda CX-50.
A completely new model, the CX-50 is the first Mazda vehicle to be built at the new Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) plant in Huntsville, Alabama, with production beginning in January 2022.
“This new Mazda vehicle has been developed for North America, particularly to support the active and outdoor lifestyles of customers in this region,” Jeff Guyton, President and CEO of Mazda North American Operations said.
“The CX-50 encourages people to immerse themselves in nature without compromising on the premium design and outstanding on-road performance Mazda is known for.”
According to Mazda, the CX-50 will be equipped as standard with the latest i-Activ All-Wheel Drive (AWD) technology and new Mazda Intelligent Drive Select, or Mi-Drive.
The new drive modes can be selected with the Mi-Drive switch and will help the crossover SUV drive naturally in a wide variety of conditions, such as in exciting off-road terrain or providing reliable towing capabilities.
At launch, the CX-50 will be available with Mazda’s efficient powertrains, Skyactiv-G 2.5 naturally aspirated engine or Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine and paired with a responsive six-speed automatic transmission.
In the coming years, the CX-50 will also be offered with electrified powertrains, including a traditional hybrid model. More information about our electrified models will be shared at a later date.
Design wise, the CX-50 creates a new styling expression in the Mazda lineup that blends the brand’s striking Kodo design with an outdoor capable presence.
The interior of CX-50 looks well-crafted and features a layout focused on the driver. Blended seating materials and details inspired by technical, modern outdoor gear all help create a welcoming atmosphere fitting for both adventurists and those just starting their journey into an active lifestyle.
Featuring a new panoramic moonroof which is a first for Mazda, the CX-50 will also debut new color options, such as Zircon Sand exterior paint and an available terracotta interior color.
Additionally, the high strength roof rails and reinforced b-pillars and door jambs add to the usability of securing equipment on the roof of CX-50.
The CX-50 is the first of many upcoming new Mazda SUVs that are slated to arrive between 2022 and 2023, namely the CX-60, CX-70, CX-80, and the Mazda CX-90.