2023 Mazda CX-50 bigger, more muscular than CX-5
In spite of Mazda still keeping many specifics about 2023 CX-50, the company’s most rugged SUV, Mazda engineer Dave Coleman has provided a lot of information to give us a better idea of the car’s dimensions and what it is based on. In general, it’s bigger CX-5 is now availableand it has more possibilities.
The CX-50 is based on the same basic platform as Mazda 3 and CX-30. And that extends to MacPherson’s suspension design with struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. This is because the platform is designed with the torsion beam in mind, and Coleman and Mazda claim that this suspension design is used to keep Simple car movement and natural feeling.
When CX-30 Lending its foundation as a small SUV, the CX-50 is slightly larger in most dimensions than the compact CX-5. It is longer, wider and has more ground clearance, but the overall height is slightly lower. Size also pays dividends inside, with more legroom than the CX-5, though Coleman couldn’t come up with any specific dimensions for the CX-50 inside and out. He also said that the CX-50 is even wider CX-9and so it would actually be too wide to build at Mazda’s facility in Hiroshima, so it’s built at the new Mazda-Toyota joint venture plant in Alabama. Mazda can also use these sizes as the CX-50 is designed for North America, so making sure it’s usable on the tight streets of Japan and Europe isn’t a priority. .
In addition to being larger, the CX-50 will have greater handling capabilities than the CX-5. Coleman revealed that it will have a sled capacity is larger than the older SUV’s 2,000-pound limit, but he didn’t say the exact amount. Additionally, in an effort to improve off-road capability, Mazda fitted a heavier all-wheel drive coupling with a larger, even larger clutch than the CX-9. This along with the off-road driving mode that we mentioned in the article reveals the adjustment of various parameters for off-road driving. Something that wasn’t included was a downhill control function, which Coleman said was dropped to make brake very controllable to keep driving settings simple and prevent the car from doing anything unusual, leaving control in the hands of the driver.
Coleman has revealed a few other tidbits about the CX-50 that don’t really fall into any particular subject area. Despite having a similar name and nearly similar dimensions, the CX-50 will Not replace the CX-5, as was the last case with the CX-30 and CX-3. Obviously the two SUVs are targeted at different buyers. Also, even though he couldn’t give details about mixture CX-50, he says it’s still a few years away. It will also use some Toyota technology, but he won’t say to what extent.