Gilroy area Mazda drivers are looking forward to the arrival of the new 2023 Mazda CX-50, which is scheduled to go on sale in the spring of 2022. All the details of this new subcompact crossover aren’t in as of the time of this writing. Here’s what we know so far.
This 2023 Mazda CX-50 promises to deliver the same characteristics that make other members of Mazda’s SUV lineup so successful: attractive exterior styling, a sophisticated cabin, and exceptional driving dynamics. Sharing a platform with the subcompact CX-30 crossover and the Mazda3 compact car, expect the CX-50 to be about the same size as its CX-5 stablemate. Some automotive pundits believe the CX-50 may eventually replace the Mazda CX-5, but it’s too early to predict the automaker’s plans in that regard.
According to the Mazda dealer near Gilroy, the 2023 Mazda CX-50 will be touted as an off-road-focused crossover. It has more ground clearance and off-road type accessories than the Mazda CX-5. It’s slightly longer than its sibling, with more space in the rear for passengers. A blacked-out version of Mazda’s wing-shaped grille and headlights provides an athletic stance.
The CX-50’s styling displays Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion design language, with squared-off shoulders and fender flares emphasizing capability and strength. The CX-50 gets rugged styling that includes black and silver wheels, front and rear bumper trim that mimics skid plates, and black plastic wheel-well cladding. The lower roofline and wider-opening rear doors were designed to facilitate access to items on the roof rails. Buyers can choose a new fashionable Zircon Sand exterior paint color and accessories such as hood graphics, a roof rack, and available all-terrain tires.
The 2023 Mazda CX-50 seats five passengers and is powered by a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 186 horsepower. The available 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine should be good for 250 hp. Both engines will be teamed to a six-speed automatic transmission and get standard all-wheel drive. A hybrid model will also be available that uses a powertrain manufactured by Toyota.
Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive) allows the driver to customize the ride to match road conditions. It features normal, towing, sport and off-road modes that modify characteristics such as steering feedback, throttle response, and the tuning of the G-Vectoring Control.
On the inside, expect to see the same level of luxury offered by other Mazda models. The higher trim levels will include amenities such as brown leather upholstery and an available panoramic sunroof. Buyers can choose a new Terracotta interior design theme inspired by modern outdoor gear. The interior design should follow the same basic game plan as you’ll find across the Mazda lineup, with a dash-mounted touchscreen controlled by a knob located in the center console.