2022 Mazda CX-50: new illustration…

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This new illustration shows a much sleeker design for the new 2022 Mazda CX-50. Which actually, kind of matches the spy shots we saw late last year.

The CX-50 will replace the current CX-5 and will introduce Mazda’s new RWD platform. That same platform will be used on the next-generation Mazda 6 sedan. As well as the larger CX-9 replacement (probably called the CX-90)

While the regular 2.5 Liter might still be the base engine, a new option will be an all-new 3.0 Liter Inline 6 cylinder engine. 

This is pretty much the most old fashion move by a car manufacturer in years. A new RWD platform and a new Inline 6 cylinder engine. While I admire it, I think this is a big gamble that will probably not really pay off. This is a huge investment that will be used in mostly low-volume models. Except for the CX-50. Even the CX-9 isn’t selling well for Mazda. And, unfortunately, the next Mazda 6 sedan will probably be even less popular than the current generation since sedan sales are not getting better.

I don’t really see this as a wise investment for a small company. They are very, very late in hybrids and EVs. But instead, choose to spend tons on a new RWD platform and a new upscale engine.

Good luck…

Conversation 12 comments

  1. Don't forget Vince that Toyota has used their products before(even PSA/Alfa). The inline 6 unit might even go into a Lexus. They will take the profit and invest in EVs.

  2. I haven't heard of any plans for them to share the engine with Toyota. Toyota already has a V6 and doesn't really need this.
    Plus they are moving ahead with hybrid and EVs.
    No one is really looking for a new 6 cylinder these days…

  3. Mazda says that want to have a "premium" feel…then they need to stop with all the thick black plastic on the outside of their vehicles, because it doesn't give off a "premium" vibe.

  4. If you're referring to the "spy shot" that I think you are, that was the new Lexus NX, not the CX-5/CX-50.

  5. The front design looks good, the rest just looks really elongated and not in a good way at all. I really hope this is not even close to the real thing. The current CX-5 looks better and much more proportionate.

  6. I’ll definitely cross-shop this with the Genesis GV70. Maybe they will provide for more room in the drivers cabin as their current CX models are just to small.

  7. The RWd makes sense. More power makes a lot of sense. I am not sure I understand the V6 direction. It sounds like introducing a diesel and then discontinuing it….The illustration is very nice.

  8. I thought this Mazda platform and inline 6 are the basis for the next Lexus IS (which would be why the "new" IS is really just a refresh).

  9. Sounds like another Mazda that the reviewers and critics will love and buyers will largely ignore, leaving all the reviewers and critics scratching their heads.

  10. As a Mazda Sales Manager, yes, we're partnered with Lexus and opening a shared plant in Alabama. Lexus will be using our new inline v6.

    The 50 is definitely a gamble – the 2019 CX-5 Diesel was a colossal failure. We could not beg customers to purchase the vehicle, and every one of ours went into Loaner Services > Pre Owned after a year on the lot.

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