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Introducing the off-road focused Mazda CX-50

It feels off saying off-road and Mazda in the same sentence, doesn't it?

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Mazda's striking Kodo design language meets rugged off-road looks for the creation of Mazda's pioneering off-roader, the CX-50. And on paper, it looks like Mazda has done things right yet again.

Built at Mazda's new Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant in Alabama, the CX-50 aims to appeal to the outdoor lifestyle trend that is happening in North America. In doing so, Mazda made the CX-50 come with all-wheel-drive out of the box. Mazda also threw in a new drive-mode selector, dubbed Mi-Drive, which will permit you to change between Normal, Sport, and Off-road (more might be confirmed later).

The CX-50 will debut in dealerships with Mazda's 2.5L naturally aspirated Skyactiv-G 4-cylinder, producing an expected 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque; however, a turbocharged version of that engine will also be available at launch. The turbo four-cylinder will push out an expected 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

Post-launch, the CX-50 will be made available with electrified powertrains, though Mazda didn't announce when that will happen, or anything else about their electric CX-50 endeavors- though you can expect an announcement at a later date.

From the reinforced b-pillars to the high-strength roof rails, the new rugged design allows for some extra capability- especially if you're trying to put outdoor equipment on the roof.

The interior is a mix of Mazda's typical gorgeous flowing lines and a newly-adopted utilitarian design with the boxy climate vents. A new terracotta interior color debuts with the CX-50, as does a new exterior paint color, Zircon Sand.

Mazda's new CX-50 is set to start production in January 2022. Pricing hasn't been unveiled yet, but you can expect a starting price in the upper 20,000s to the low 30,000s.

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Comments (19)

  • The Pontiac Aztek successor I’ve been waiting for.

    Plastic body cladding ✔️

    Funky wheels ✔️

    Adventurous features ✔️

    Beautiful design ✔️

    Make the CX-50 yellow and we have a deal.

    Best. Car. Of. 2022.

      11 days ago
    • You know… there’s just a few minor flaws with that comparison, like the fact that the CX-50 doesn’t look like a bloated blob fish. Other than that, good point! 😂

        11 days ago
    • It’s a good thing that the Aztek doesn’t look like one either then! 😂

        11 days ago
  • Love it, looks amazing :)

      10 days ago
  • I love it

      10 days ago
  • I've grown really fond of Mazda's design language in the past few years. It's great to see the clean body lines and no-nonsense look in an off-roader!

      9 days ago
  • I quite like it

      10 days ago