Mazda has been working on a major product expansion that will come to fruition within the next two years, kicking off next month with the world premiere of the CX-50. Contrary to reports, it will be a new addition to the range rather than a replacement for the CX-5, which was recently updated for the 2022 model year.
Starting with the CX-50, it will be a part of the Small Product group, sharing its platform with the Mazda3 and the CX-30. It will available solely in the US market with production starting in January 2022 at the Mazda-Toyota joint-venture factory in Huntsville, Alabama. Despite earlier rumours, the CX-50 will not be a successor to the recently facelifted CX-5, but an additional core model for the brand’s lineup.
In Europe, Mazda will launch the CX-60 and CX-80. These two products will set the standard for future cars and spearhead the European invasion. The European engine offerings for the CX-60 and CX-80 will include plug-in hybrids with four-pot engines mated to an electric motor. There will also be the new straight-six and a diesel engine working with a 48-volt mild-hybrid engine.
Other vehicles to follow suit are the CX-90 with three-row seating and CX-70 with two rows of seats. Mazda says these will have wide bodies, making them more suitable for roads in North America, but the models will be sold in other markets as well. The two large SUVs will finally inaugurate the rear-wheel-drive platform.
On the EV side, Mazda has introduced the MX-30 EV for 2022, which will be joined by a rotary engine as an onboard generator for EV models.
Mazda is currently working on an all-new EV platform, which will be the basis of several products. These models are scheduled to arrive from around 2025, which means Mazda will go fully electric by 2030.