The all-new 2023 Mazda CX-50 is an SUV that is generating a lot of interest among consumers and The Car Guide readers. Unveiled last November, it has now entered production at the new Mazda-Toyota joint assembly plant in Huntsville, Alabama.
This site will produce 300,000 vehicles annually. Up to 150,000 units are expected to be built each year for both Toyota and Mazda. The plant will employ up to 4,000 workers.
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The CX-50 is specifically designed for the North American market with an eye toward adventure—just like a growing number of competitors. While retaining the CX-5’s good looks and superb driving dynamics, it also enables drivers to venture further into the outdoors and various terrains.
Among other things, the CX-50 comes standard with the latest i-Activ all-wheel drive technology and new Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive), the latter featuring new drive modes to adapt the vehicle to a wide variety of conditions.
The exterior is highlighted by black plastic cladding on the lower body and around the wheel arches. The front bumper is revised to incorporate a fake skid plate (same thing in the rear) and intakes at each corner. Rugged-looking wheels and all-terrain tires are available, while the high-strength roof rails and reinforced B-pillars and door jambs add to the usability of securing equipment on the roof.
The interior of the CX-50 is pretty similar to that of the CX-5, but features Mazda’s first-ever panoramic sunroof, which is great for marvelling at the beauties of nature. The cargo area boasts various solutions making it more practical for outdoor enthusiasts. And let’s not forget the special seat material that doesn’t mind a little dirt or mess.
As for the engines, they’re the same 2.5-litre four-cylinder Skyactiv-G units you’ll find in the CX-5—one is naturally aspirated and the other is turbocharged. A hybrid variant will be added at some point, but Mazda isn’t saying when exactly.
The 2023 Mazda CX-50 will arrive in Canadian showrooms this spring. Keep following The Car Guide for full details on trim levels and pricing.