You might not know it yet, but there’s a wave of new Mazda SUVs coming. Unfortunately for Australians, however, the box-fresh Mazda CX-50 won’t find itself on our shores anytime soon, slated to be an exclusive release for the North American market – despite the fact, its aggressive form factor makes it pretty damn perfect for the Aussie outdoors.
The compelling new offering features a boxier and more pronounced profile, with additional width in both the front and rear ends that combine into what looks to be a more muscular presence on the road. Just add the squared-off wheel arches and amply proportioned fenders of the CX-50 and you’ve got a Mazda that looks like it was made for chewing up unsealed Australian roads.
The new Mazda is set to be powered by either the 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated ‘Skyactiv-G’ four-cylinder engine or its turbocharged sibling, with plans revealed to include a hybrid model in the future. The Mazda CX-50 Hybrid will be the first hybrid model from the Japanese-founded automaker since the Tribute, which was first released back in 2008.
For the hybrid model, Mazda has looked outside of its own manufacturing capabilities to ensure the success of the CX-50, with Toyota being confirmed as providing the petrol-electric powertrain. This isn’t the only link between Mazda and Toyota for the CX-50 Hybrid, which is set to be manufactured in an Alabama factory that is shared between the two brands.
All versions of the CX-50 are set to contain Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive (AWD) technology and selectable drive modes, designed to enhance the riding experience no matter if you’re tearing up the tarmac or taking an off-road detour. On top of that, the CX-50 is will also include a panoramic sunroof, which will be a first for Mazda, as well as other accessories to be confirmed.
The Mazda CX-50 is an exciting development for those who desire the brand’s sophisticated design language, in a more rugged package. Hopefully, articles like ours – and success in the North American market – will see the marque (or an equally aggressive design) land down under in the not so distant future.