Mazda plans to add three new crossover utilities to its U.S. line-up starting this November with the CX-50.
The new offering will supplement the current portfolio, following the introduction of the CX-30, and will be built at the Huntsville, Alabama plant it shares with Toyota. The CX-50 is a midsize crossover sharing the same platform as the CX-30 and Mazda3.
It will come standard with all-wheel drive and “functionality for consumers with outdoor active lifestyles,” the company noted in a release. It’s also expected to be a bit bigger than the existing CX-5 with production beginning in January.
“In the meantime, the Mazda CX-5, which has retained constant popularity since its launch in 2012, will see its design evolve and its model lineup enhanced through continuous product improvement,” the company said in a release.
“Furthermore, introducing the latest safety technologies and connectivity features, we will increase the appeal of the vehicle and give it the space to continue growing as part of our crossover SUV line-up.”
Not just one but three
The CX-50 will be joined in the U.S. by the CX-70 and CX-90. Overall, Mazda’s adding those three plus the CX-60 and CX-80. However, those two are designed for markets outside the U.S. where roads are not as wide, according to officials.
The new U.S. model, all of which are expected to be available before the end of 2023, are designed to provide more capability for the driver. In fact, the Japanese automaker is making its i-Activ AWD standard across its CX portfolio of crossovers.
“This move to AWD supports the brand’s dedication to deliver unparalleled driving pleasure for all owners,” it said in the release.
Not only will the CX-70 and CX-90 come with AWD, they’re going to get more robust powerplants in the form of “Mazda’s new longitudinal architecture with new inline-6-cylinder and plug-in hybrid powertrains. This shared layout provides both vehicles Mazda’s next-level performance, handling, technology, and design.” The inline-6 was developed in concert with Toyota.
Large product offerings — and more
Mazda’s latter two products come from its “Large Product Group.” The CX-70 and CX-90 are classified as “wide bodies” and are North American-only vehicles due to the region’s preference for “larger models with a big presence.”
The CX-70 is a two-row model while the CX-90 will have three rows. The CX-90 will eventually replace the CX-9 while the CX-7 will remain after the arrival of the CX-70. No pricing information was offered on any of the new models set to come to the U.S.