Mazda is preparing to expand its crossover lineup with five new models, the company revealed some information about them. The promising vehicles will have indices from CX-50 to CX-90, modern powertrains and will target the markets of developed countries.
The most compact novelty in this lineup - CX-50 - will be based on a common platform with Mazda3, CX-3 and CX-30. It is known that the "parketnik" will have all-wheel drive, its production will be set up in January 2022 at the plant in Huntsville, Alabama. The CX-50 will be sold only in the United States.
CX-60 and CX-80 crossovers will focus on Europe, Japan and some other markets. The first of the two models will be five-seater, and the second - seven-seater. Japanese are going to equip cars as a four-cylinder turbo engine (and will offer rechargeable hybrids, capable to move exclusively on electric traction), and the new turbo Skyactiv-X and Skyactiv-D six-cylinder engine (their characteristics have not yet been published). The latter will get in addition a "soft" hybrid component, consisting of 48-volt motor-generator and a small battery. Such a system is able to recover energy in the battery during braking and generate it when starting from a place or to maintain the work of onboard electronics. In Europe, the cars will be on sale in 2022.
As for the CX-70 and CX-90 crossovers with two and three rows of seats respectively, it is known that they will get wide bodies, will be based on a rear-drive platform, rumors of which have been circulating for several years. Mazda wants to equip these two models exclusively with inline six-cylinder turbocharged engines, the latter will also be complemented by hybrid variants. The CX-90 is considered as the direct successor of CX-9 in the U.S. market, and in general, these two crossovers Japanese brand wants to sell on other continents, including Europe.
In the first half of 2022 Mazda is going to premiere a new modification of the compact crossover MX-30 - it will be a serial hybrid with a rotary-piston engine.