The 2022 Mazda CX-50 SUV has been teased before its reveal on November 15, 2021.
Uploaded as a short 15 second video on Mazda USA’s Instagram, it shows only fleeting glimpses of the upcoming SUV that’s designed for North America only.
The vehicle is shown hiding behind trees in a forest and has a canoe on its roof, suggesting Mazda is appealing to more outdoorsy SUV buyers.
This is strengthened by the words, “There is always a new terrain,” that pop up towards the end of the teaser clip.
It’s hard to tell exactly, but this CX-50 will be bigger and slot above the Mazda CX-5 in the markets that it’s sold in.
The CX-50 will be made at a new Mazda-Toyota joint-venture plant in Alabama where the US-market Toyota Corolla Cross will also be built.
At this stage there are no plans for an Australian launch of the 2022 Mazda CX-50.
Don’t fret though because Mazda has confirmed that it’s launching another four new SUVs by 2023.
These four models will be larger and premium products based on a new shared longitudinal platform with new plug-in hybrid or inline-six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines using 48V mild-hybrid systems.
Their names will be CX-60, CX-70, CX-80 and CX-90, with production to be centred at a newly overhauled plant in Japan.
A premium five-seat crossover SUV, the CX-60 is locked in for Australia and will be sold alongside the facelifted CX-5 by the end of 2022.
The CX-80 will be another five-seater developed for markets “with narrower roads and smaller parking lots” according to Mazda, whereas the CX-70 and CX-90 will have a “wide body type”.
It’s expected the CX-70 and CX-90 will also receive three rows of seating.
It’s uncertain if the other three SUVs will make their way Down Under but Mazda Australia says that it’s looking into all four options for potential sale here.
While full technical specifications for the new SUVs have yet to be released, Mazda has confirmed one option will be a four-cylinder plug-in hybrid.
Two new inline-sixes, the SkyActiv-X petrol and SkyActiv-D diesel, will also be available. Both will have 48V mild-hybrid systems.
Beyond this, Mazda re-confirmed its commitment to the MX-30 rotary engine range-extender hybrid, which it says will emerge in July 2022.
By 2025, the company says it will start launching a range of longer-range electric vehicles (EVs) developed on an all-new EV-dedicated platform.