The reveal would take place in 2025.
The layout should remain the same for this next generation.
Will there be one or two hybrid options?
Since the arrival of the CX-50 in the Japanese division’s lineup, it was easy to believe in an early retirement of the very popular CX-5. The CX-50 would pick up where the CX-5 left off, but all indications point to a next generation of the brand’s best-selling model.
That’s according to Australian website Drive, which reports that Mazda has confirmed the arrival of a new CX-5 by 2025. In both Australia and North America, the CX-5 sits at the top of Mazda’s sales charts, not only because it belongs to the most popular category for consumers, but also because it is Mazda’s longest-running CX model.
At this time, it is too early to say what will be bolted under the hood of the next CX-5, but the current configuration is likely to remain, i.e. a selection of four-cylinder engines and either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The possibility of one or two hybrid-assisted powertrains is not out of the question either.
Currently, the all-new CX-90 can be ordered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, while the version with the 6-cylinder turbo engine is also supported by a mild hybrid system.
Incidentally, the current CX-50 is due to receive a hybrid option in the coming months, the vehicle being assembled at the same plant as the Toyota Corolla Cross, which is receiving its electrified version. However, there is no link between the CX-5 and the CX-50, the two models being based on separate platforms.
The current Mazda CX-5, which was slightly redesigned last year, appeared in this form in 2018. If the new generation is indeed scheduled for 2025, we will have had to wait eight years for this new iteration of the compact-sized crossover to land on our roads.
It will be interesting to see if the engineering team dares to make the vehicle bigger to overshadow recent vehicles in the category, all of which have grown in recent months, leaving the CX-5 to counter in the interior space column. On the other hand, the CX-5 has always been recognized for its above-average driving pleasure.
The automaker must be careful not to lose its audience accustomed to this sportiness for the next generation of the model. We’ll find out soon enough.