America’s SUV craze shows no signs of simmering, and shoppers will soon have a trio of new options to choose from — all sporting the Mazda badge. After updating the CX-5 and announcing standard all-wheel drive on all its upcoming CX models, the automaker is adding more fuel to the SUV fire by throwing three new models into the flame.
The CX-50 will be the first to arrive in the U.S., followed by the larger CX-70 and CX-90, all set to arrive by 2023. Mazda says the CX-50 will feature shared architecture with the subcompact CX-30 and Mazda3, while the larger SUVs will ride on new longitudinal architecture.
Most details about the new SUVs remain under wraps, but Mazda did reveal that the CX-90 will have a three-row setup, while the CX-70 will offer two rows. The pair will also feature new six-cylinder and plug-in hybrid powertrains that join the upcoming 2022 MX-30 PHEV. The current powertrain options across all of Mazda’s SUVs include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a turbocharged variant, both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The non-turbo produces up to 187 horsepower, while the turbocharged engine gets up to 250 hp with premium fuel.
Just as the subcompact CX-30 becomes the smallest Mazda SUV when the CX-3 is discontinued after 2021, so too will the CX-90 replace the current generation of the three-row CX-9. Fans of the CX-5 can breathe a sigh of relief for now: Mazda claims it has no plans to oust the compact SUV even after the arrival of the CX-50.
The Mazda CX-50 will be revealed in November 2021. Details on the larger SUVs’ performance, features, and pricing will be announced closer to their arrival.
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