Mazda North American Operations has whipped the covers off the CX-50, with the US arm of the Japanese car manufacturer saying the new crossover will form the core of its model range. 

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Mazda says the CX-50 will be the “core” model of its US line-up.

The first model to be produced at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA, Mazda says the CX-50 blends the automaker’s striking Todo design language with the power and sturdy functionality expected of an SUV. “The CX-50 is a crossover SUV with an outdoor-capable presence that respectfully interacts with the surroundings,” said the automaker. 

“The CX-50 is the first vehicle to be manufactured at our new Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant in the US”

The CX-50 boasts a ground clearance that provides a “sense of security” when driving off-road. According to the carmaker, this model also offers an “ideal” height and length, allowing owners to “easily” load and secure outdoor equipment. Enhancing the outdoor experience, a panoramic sunroof has been fitted to this model. 

Interior remains familiar Mazda fare.

Two engine options are on offer: a turbocharged 2.5-litre unit and normally aspirated motor of similar displacement. As standard, all models feature Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel-drive system. 

“The CX-50 is the first vehicle to be manufactured at our new Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant in the US and meets the needs of customers mainly from the US, showing our strong commitment to the North American market,” said Jeffrey H. Guyton, Mazda’s senior managing executive officer, oversight of operations in North America. “It would be our pleasure if we can further deepen our special connection with customers via this model.”

Elegant Kodo design language contrasted by rugged off-road fitment.