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News Straight-Six and Rear-Wheel Drive: New SUV From Mazda Unveiled in 2022 ?

Straight-Six and Rear-Wheel Drive: New SUV From Mazda Unveiled in 2022 ?

Mazda's next generation crossover could be introduced as soon as next year

Mazda announced the details surrounding the planned minor overhaul of its popular CX-5 just days ago. The compact model changes somewhat on the exterior, in addition to receiving improvements internally as well, not to mention the adoption of all-wheel drive for all versions of the utility model.

However, we know that engineers are currently working on the next generation of crossovers, which should be based on a rear-wheel drive platform, with the possibility of integrating all-wheel drive into the equation, of course.

The Australian site Drive, however, obtained some interesting information on the timing of the unveiling of this first new generation SUV. Indeed, the publication spoke to Vinesh Bhindi, managing director of Mazda Australia. He mentioned that the first SUV based on this new architecture would be presented in 2022. Unfortunately, it is not known what this first model built on the new platform, which capitalizes on the sporty character of a rear-wheel drive configuration, will be.

The Australian publication takes a bet by claiming that this vehicle could be the new CX-5, and that the vehicle could even change nomenclature, possibly to the name CX-50. This change is not far-fetched, especially since Mazda introduced the CX-30, the subcompact crossover that features much more interesting dimensions than the CX-3.

This future Mazda SUV will also be equipped with a new in-line 6-cylinder engine bolted longitudinally under the hood of the vehicle, the manufacturer visibly seeking to enhance its driving experience.

Does this 2022 presentation of a new utility model bring an end to the CX-5 as we know it? After all, the CX-5’s 2022 model year brings its share of changes. It would be inappropriate to believe that the compact utility is on its way out, especially considering that it sits at the top of North American sales. The automaker may want to market the current CX-5 alongside a future CX-50, a strategy similar to that of its CX-3 / CX-30 tandem. We will know a little more over the next few months.

 

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