Mazda is authoritative cars in the U.S. again.
A decade afterwards the aftermost Mazda6 auto formed off the accumulation band in Flat Rock — catastrophe a four-decade alliance with Ford — the Japanese automaker appear assembly of the all-new CX-50 SUV. The beautiful ute is the artefact of new bridal with Toyota in Alabama.
The new Mazda adds some off-road backpack to a glassy SUV archetypal calendar accepted for its on-road manners. The 2023 CX-50 will aperture into the brand’s calendar abutting to the acknowledged CX-5 and aloft the entry-level CX-30 SUV and will go on auction abutting year. The accession follows agnate efforts from added automakers to allay Americans’ clamorous appetite for adventure-seeking SUVs. Think the Ford Bronco Sport, Chevy Trailblazer, Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and Subaru Forester Wilderness.
“This new Mazda agent has been developed for North America, decidedly to abutment the alive and alfresco lifestyles of barter in this region,” said Mazda North America bang-up Jeff Guyton.
The CX-50 is an adumbration of how badly the U.S. agent mural has afflicted back 2012 back Mazda and Ford co-produced the Mazda6 sedan. That auto not alone exited Flat Rock — it has exited Mazda’s North American lineup, as some 70% of Americans’ ablaze agent purchases are action utilities.
The collective adventure with Toyota, alleged Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, is additionally affirmation of the transformation of the American South into a adopted transplant, accomplishment powerhouse. The MTM bulb — with accommodation to aftermath 300,000 cartage a year with 4,000 advisers — is on the Alabama/Tennessee border. It’s aural a 200-mile ambit of assembly accessories (and accessory suppliers) operated by Nissan (Nashville), VW (Chattanooga), Hyundai (West Point, Georgia), and Mercedes (Vance, Alabama).
Toyota makes the Corolla Cross, apparent beforehand this year, in the aforementioned Huntsville plant.
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Similar in admeasurement to the CX-5 crossover, which starts at $26,545 with alternative all-wheel-drive, the CX-50 will appear accepted with AWD befitting its all-terrain ambitions. Additionally accepted is a added asperous exoteric attendance with squared-off, heavy-clad fenders in adverse to the annular caster wells of its CX-5 and CX-30 siblings. The advanced fascia additionally gets a added advancing attending to bright yetis on its forested path.
The AWD arrangement will be affiliated to a new Mi-Drive about-face that enables acceptable tow and off-road modes.
Putting the ability to all four auto will be Mazda’s accustomed 4-cylinder engines: a naturally-aspirated, 2.5-liter and turbocharged 2.5-liter, commutual with a 6-speed automated transmission. The engines are already commutual in the Mazda CX-5, CX-30 and Mazda 3 auto and auto bearing 186 and 250 horsepower, respectively.
Mazda affairs electrified drivetrains for the CX-50, including amalgam model, in the future.
The driver-focused interior of the CX-50 is additionally accustomed to owners of the CX-30 and Mazda3. A wide, accumbent awning army aerial on the dashboard (to accumulate eyeballs alert to the road) is operated by a alien rotary controller. The autogenous appears crafted with flush abstracts allusive affluence makes.
Sitting aloft the commuter alcove is a across-the-board moonroof — a aboriginal for Mazda and in accompany with the car’s alfresco ambitions. A new, Zircon Sand exoteric acrylic continues the outdoors vibe.
“The abstraction for this car came from exploring two capital themes: what does Mazda abnormally action and what do we in North America abnormally value?” said Mazda Design America arch Yasutake Tsuchida. “Engaging with the outdoors and accepting out of the burghal are admired ethics that accept alone developed during these boxy communicable times. So we advised a new agent to analyze new frontiers.”
Henry Payne is auto analyzer for The Detroit News. Find him at [email protected] or Twitter @HenryEPayne.
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