In a short Instagram video, Mazda USA seemingly hinted at the CX-50's off-road capabilities. The video further shows a silver or deep blue compact crossover carrying a surfboard through a lush forest. It's a bit on the nose, but who's complaining?
There's not much to go on other than the teaser video, but Mazda has released some key details. First, it will share a platform with the CX-3 and CX-30 and slot above the latter in the Mazda lineup.
All-wheel-drive (AWD) will reportedly come standard, and a pair of engine options could be in the works. The choices could be a naturally aspirated or turbocharged engine. Both will connect with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The lack of a hybrid option is baffling, as Mazda has been promising more electrified models in its lineup. Still, the hybrid could come as a future model. It could even be a secret option that the company is keeping close to its vest.
Whatever the case is, production is set to begin in January 2022 at the new Mazda plant in Alabama. That's the same factory where Toyota produces the Corolla Cross. Some reports have even indicated that the CX-50 could share some smaller parts with Toyota's hybrid. If true, that could bode well for Mazda's newest model.
The 2023 Mazda CX-50 will debut globally on November 15. A local release is uncertain, but Mazda would likely want to bring the model over to battle the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, and other emerging models in the segment. For now, we'll have to wait for more information when Mazda launches the new CX-50 next week.