Mazda has outlined its SUV plans from next year with the planned unveiling of five brand new CX models alongside the current global line-up comprising the CX-3, CX-30, CX-4, CX-5, CX-8 and CX-9.
While exact details are still unknown with the same applying to images, the expansion will start-off with the CX-50, a model only the United States will get and which won’t serve replacement for the CX-5 as reports have alleged.
What is likely though is that the CX-50 will join the CX-5 and next generation 6 in being based on Mazda’s highly awaited new rear-wheel-drive platform co-developed with Toyota, with power set to come from the equally new straight-six range of petrol, diesel, mild-hybrid and compression ignition SkyActiv-X engines.
According to reports, production of the CX-50 will start in January at the Huntsville Plant in Alabama, a facility jointly operated by Hiroshima and Toyota City.
Arriving soon after, the CX-60 will follow the same route as the CX-5 by offering five seats, but the models set to follow it, the two-row CX-70, three-row CX-80 and also three-row CX-90, will be available in globally markets with Mazda South Africa confirming all three are currently under consideration.
In a statement, the automaker remarked that all powertrain options, regardless of being petrol, diesel or electrified, wer being evaluated, but details would only be announced later. It has, however, confirmed that the CX-5 will remain part of its line-up.
Detailing the range further, Mazda confirmed that the CX-70 and CX-90, classified as wide-body models, would be offered outside of Europe, while the CX-60 and CX-80 would spearhead the brand’s assault on the Old Continent from next year.
The quartet will also serve as Mazda’s last batch of newly developed internal combustion vehicles as it heads towards full electrification in 2030 with plans on track to focus largely on electric vehicles come 2025.
More details and images are set to be revealed, spied or leaked over the coming weeks and months.