Mazda is registering a new nameplate. According to numerous sources, the 2022 Mazda CX-50 is going to replace the CX-5. This was not confirmed yet by the Japanese company, since the compact crossover drew attention. Its popularity caused the expansion of the lineup. One of the new vehicles is the CX-50.
There are several theories about its place in the lineup. The first one is to replace the CX-5. Another one says the carmaker will develop an all-electric vehicle. One more speculation is reporting about the coupe crossover. All are realistic possibilities. But, there are no clues about novelties.
We can compare the 2022 Mazda CX-50 to another model that had the same renaming. The CX-30 was added recently, but it didn’t replace the CX-3. Actually, it took place between two classes. After the discontinuation of the CX-7, Mazda lacks a model between CX-5 and CX-9. In Japan, that is CX-8. It seems like the CX-50 is about to be the replacement.
2022 Mazda CX-50: What We Know So Far?
A couple of years ago, Mazda announced upcoming changes in architecture. All the future models will be in two lines. The first one is “mini architecture” for electric and vehicles with the transversal-layout engine. The other one is the platform for big wheels and longitudinal-mounted concepts. That includes a brand-new six-cylinder unit.
The first model with rear-wheel drive is the Mazda6 sedan. After this debut, the next one to be available with the same architecture is the 2022 Mazda CX-50. Most magazines are speaking about this switch, rather than a replacement for the CX-5. The company already registered the new nameplate in Europe and most experts believe the manufacturer will do the same thing like with CX-30. However, this one appears as the MX-30 if you want the electric drivetrain. The CX-50 will be larger. Also, Mazda will improve the offer, making the new arrival a luxury crossover and a rival to BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC.
Most vehicles in Mazda’s lineup are getting power from a 2.5-liter petrol engine. Skyactiv technology introduced some advanced systems that made the company’s crossovers very efficient. The petrol engine is consuming fuel at the same level as some diesel unit. On the other hand, oil-burners, popular in Europe and Asia, are cleaner than systems by other companies. Well, now the rear-drive platform is replacing the old architecture, so there will be other changes as well.
Mazda is not going to flush a 2.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant. Although we believe that engineers are going to tune with maximum power output, no one confirmed these rumors yet. If this happens, that would be a 250-hp rated unit. Turbochargers are added and the system requires premium fuel. Six-speed auto transmission is probably staying the power router. The 2022 Mazda CX-50 will consume slightly more fuel than the CX-5 if it gains extra length and weight.
A new engine in the lineup is a 3.0-liter V6 with 285 horsepower under the hood. The Skyactiv-X technology takes a full swing. A six-cylinder unit is also getting turbochargers and a mild-hybrid 48V boost. Total output promises the 2022 Mazda CX-50 is going to be very competitive. We are still waiting for the precise info about torque. A four-pot engine with turbochargers can do 320 lb-ft.
Electric Model: 2022 Mazda CX-50 or MX-50
Another eligible option is to see the 2022 Mazda CX-50 as the all-electric crossover. On the other hand, one of the clues we are following, the arrival of CX-30, says this one is a conventional unit. Meanwhile, the MX-30 EV is about to debut soon. Following the same pattern, CX-50 could head the same way. Still, it would need a fresh styling and new batteries. You can expect the range of at least 250 miles. Plus, some kind of autonomous drive is also something that goes in pair with EVs.
2022 Mazda CX-50 Release Date and Price
With only one official info, all we can do are bold predictions. The 2022 Mazda CX-50 will definitely be more expensive than the CX-5. Also, besides the size increase, the new arrival will bring more luxurious interior and premium features. That could bring the price over $30,000. Still, we won’t make early conclusions before the CX-50 shows up. It is questionable as well. Mazda will look for the best moment to launch the vehicle. But, everything depends on the COVID-19 crisis.