Rumors about the next-gen 2022 Mazda CX-5 started to roll. According to reports from Japan, the popular crossover is getting some serious updates. The highlights are the new look and electric engine. However, one of the changes could be in the name. The CX-50 is about to replace the existing model.
The company filed for the rights of the new nameplate. So, something is definitely going on. Previously, the CX-30 replaced the CX-3. That was the example for fans to start using the same analogy for the 2022 Mazda CX-5.
The upcoming crossover will be built on the new platform. The architecture is going to provide more space for the development of electric drivetrains. A greener vehicle is an ultimate goal. So, the CX-50 might be an EV version of the crossover.
2022 Mazda CX-5 Release Date and Price
Everything about the new nameplate is still an unofficial rumor. The company is not eligible to use the name, and until the rights are claimed, we won’t get a statement by Mazda. Even if that happens soon, the carmaker will announce the work on the crossover in the second half of 2021. Either 2022 Mazda CX-5 or CX-50, the vehicle should draw more attention, with the fresh look and electric/hybrid drivetrains. The manufacturer is working on the new version of the vehicle, and it is definitely entering the new generation. The current version dates back to 2017. In the compact class, changes are more frequent and the next series after five years are not a surprise.
The price of the CX-5 will go up. At the moment, the base version is available with a $26,500 price tag. Plenty of options are also there, allowing buyers to build different configurations. For example, turbocharged and diesel engines can replace the base one. Some say that a six-cylinder oil burner is coming with the new generation of the crossover. The top trim level is Signature. With additional packages, the crossover can reach $40,000.
What We Know So Far?
Since the 2022 Mazda CX-5 is entering a new generation, we cannot expect small things. The current version didn’t bring too many updates, and there are no details about major changes on the model for 2021. It would be a waste of time since the facelift will delete all the work. Also, the sales are the key reason why Mazda is not announcing the next-gen crossover yet. In that case, most buyers would start saving for it, ignoring the 2021 YM.
The crossover will definitely go through the redesign. We can only compare it to the new Mazda6. The car will serve as the base for most updates crossover is getting. Still, the adaptation is required and we will see how it will work on the totally different class of vehicles.
Also, there are strong indications about the new engines. Many experts already expected the crossover with a hybrid unit. Now, it becomes a reality. A 48V system will be a support to the existing four-cylinder engine. Also, a new diesel is on the way. A more powerful unit is not certain for the US market, since the current one could be dropped.
2022 Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv Engines
One of the biggest reasons why the Mazda vehicles are so popular nowadays is SkyActiv technology. It makes oil burners cleaner and more powerful (characteristic of petrol engines), and gasoline powerplants fuel-friendlier (advantage of diesel mills). The 2022 Mazda CX-5 will continue to use a 2.5-liter four-cylinder as the base solution. It perfectly fits the compact segment with 190 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. After the redesign, the fuel economy can be even better, and it is already a strong side of this model. We can see the city mileage close to 30 mpg, even without hybrid support.
A turbo model is questionable. Still, it is a good solution for buyers looking for more power. The same 2.5-liter displacement is ready to crunch 250 hp with premium fuel. All-wheel drive is standard and the power router is a six-speed gearbox. It is also under a revisit.
Another turbocharged engine is using diesel. A 2.2-liter can reach 170 hp and 290 lb-ft. However, it is very likely that the oil burner is not going to appear in the US again. All-wheel drive is standard and the fuel economy is at the same level as the base petrol configurations.
Rumors say that a new, larger V6 diesel is going to be available for the 2022 Mazda CX-5. Still, the successor is not going to be turbocharged, since there would be too much torque for the compact model. Again, oil burners will soon disappear from North America, so the six-cylinder engine won’t be so attractive.
A more certain unit is a hybrid. At this point, we know that engineers are developing a mild-hybrid system. Also, sources say that CX-50 is going to be an all-electric crossover. That is the big challenge for Mazda. But, the Japanese company showed it can respond to the modern demands of the market.
Source: TFL Car