Another Zoomy Crossover: Meet the Rugged Mazda CX-50

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
another zoomy crossover meet the rugged mazda cx 50

The Los Angeles Auto Show is this week — yes, it’s actually happening, as of this writing, and this author is boarding a flight for Cali tomorrow — and one of the vehicles that had been teased in advance of the show was the Mazda CX-50.

Your humble scribe was supposed to be in L.A. this past weekend to see it, but COVID caused Mazda’s off-site to be binned. Which is why I’m instead looking at press photos while sitting here in cold-ass Chicago.

The CX-50 is a new model, slated to be built in Huntsville, Alabama. It’s another crossover, full of the Mazda “zoom-zoom” ethos, but meant to be rugged enough for relatively light off-roading. All-wheel drive will be standard, along with a system of customizable drive modes. Two engines will be on offer — a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a turbocharged 2.5-liter four. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission available.

Electrification is in the cards, and that includes a hybrid model, though Mazda is mum on further details at this point. A panoramic moonroof will be available for the first time on any Mazda. A terracotta interior color joins some new-to-Mazda exterior colors.

“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 in the press release. “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.”

You’ll notice I’m not saying much on specs. That’s because Mazda will be releasing more info at a later date. For now, we can gaze upon Mazda’s newest crossover, which seems like a natural competitor to the upcoming Subaru Solterra and Toyota bZ4X.

One thing we do know — Mazda intends to begin production in January 2022.

[Images: Mazda]

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  • Lightspeed Lightspeed on Nov 17, 2021

    "...the active and outdoor lifestyles of customers in this region,” don't they know everyone rides a Peloton indoors? When will this myth of outdoors lifestyle be put to bed? It should read, 'the numerous trips to Costco made by customers in this region.'

  • Protege5 Protege5 on Dec 08, 2021

    am I the only one who is in love with the look of this car? I kind of liked the other cxs but this one is so good-looking.

  • MaintenanceCosts This is a Volvo EX90 with swoopier styling and less interior room. I'm really not sure I understand the target audience.
  • Stuki Moi If government officials, and voters, could, like, read and, like, count and, like, stuff: They'd take the opportunity to replace fixed license numbers, with random publicly available keys derived from a non-public private key known only to them and the vehicle's owner. The plate's displayed number would be undecipherable to every slimeball out there with a plate reader who is selling people's whereabouts and movements, since it would change every day/hour/minute. Yet any cop with a proper warrant and a plate scanner, could decipher it just as easily as today.
  • Dukeisduke Is this the one that doesn't have a back window? Like a commercial van?
  • MaintenanceCosts My rant seems to have disappeared, but suffice it to say I agree with 28 that this is a vehicle about which EVERYTHING is wrong.
  • SCE to AUX Welcome to the most complicated vehicle you can buy, with shocking depreciation built into every one.And that tail - oh, my.