The new compact crossover is ready for a debut. The 2023 Mazda CX-50 will be launched soon and the production is starting in Huntsville, Alabama. The crossover is more off-road oriented than its closest siblings. This model represents the future of the Japanese company and the design language that will be used. Still, there are a lot of things to be learned about the upcoming vehicle.
We can already say that the look is very attractive. It is definitely the next step in evolution. The 2023 Mazda CX-50 will also be wider than the CX-5, providing more space inside the cockpit. Of course, it enhances overall comfort. Mazda was working on the off-road skills, but it is hard to believe that the CX-50 can compete with class leaders. It doesn’t offer skidplates, for example. Nevertheless, the small SUV is going to be welcomed by fans. Have in mind that a hybrid version is coming as well.
Engines and Specifications
Under the bonnet of the 2023 Mazda CX-50 will be a 2.5-liter engine. It is the main drivetrain the company is using in the US. There are two configurations. The base one is ready to crack 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission works great and transfers power to all wheels. The torque converter is on the rear axle. Other setup tunes the same engine to crack 225 hp, or up to 250 ponies if you use premium gas. The torque also jumps to 310 lb-ft, or 320 lb-ft, depending on fuel. The same gearbox and drive system are there.
2023 Mazda CX-50 Hybrid
One of the highlights will be the 2023 Mazda CX-50 Hybrid. The company debuts in this class and segment. Nevertheless, according to sources, the hybrid model will be a bit late. We will see it after the release of the lineup with conventional engines. Some say an electrified CX-50 is not going to be introduced before next year.
Still, it should be worth waiting. The combination between a hybrid and SkyActiv technology can change things in the market. Of course, the crossover will come with more power and improved gas mileage. With a 2.5-liter engine only, the CX-50 will return 27/25 mpg, depending on the configuration. We believe that a hybrid engine can increase the mileage to 30 mpg in the city. Plus, the power increase is certain.
The 2023 Mazda CX-50 is the vehicle for off-road adventures. It is the best model the company ever made for such type of drive. Still, we are not impressed with our expectations. The CX-50 will get higher ground clearance. Still, roof rails can be reached without problems thanks to upgrades at the tailgate. Interesting, the crossover is not going to offer skidplates and we still don’t know the full configuration. It is hard to believe that the CX-50 can be in the same league as a 2-door Wrangler and Ford Bronco Sport. But, it is good to see Mazda making an effort and testing a new market. In the future, larger SUVs could also get off-road upgrades and make the lineup more interesting.
2023 Mazda CX-50 Dimensions, Colors
The new model will be built on the same platform as the CX-30. Nevertheless, the 2023 Mazda CX-50 will be larger. The CX-30 is 5 inches longer than the CX-3. We can expect the same comparison between the CX-5 and CX-50. One thing is sure – the interior is wider, providing more room, and improving comfort. We could see a panoramic sunroof and an 8.8-inch touchscreen at the center of the dashboard. However, it is not clear if those features come standard for the CX-50. For such details, as well as the color palette for the new small SUV, we will have to wait for the release date.
2023 Mazda CX-50 Pricing
New and bigger, the CX-50 will cost more than the CX-5. Experts believe that the entry-level versions will cost around $27,000. Since the CX-5 wears a $26,000 price tag, this seems like a reasonable increase. Of course, Touring and Signature trim levels are going to be available, and probably a few other special packages. A hybrid model is coming out later. By then, we will know the base pricing. Depending on the configuration, the cost of the 2023 Mazda CX-50 Hybrid might vary. High-end options will be priced above $40k.
Sources: MotorTrend, Car and Driver, The Car Connection