Mazda could be working on another big surprise.
Just last month, rumors emerged that Mazda was set to replace its mid-size 2020 Mazda6 sedan with a new rear-wheel-drive platform powered by an inline-six engine. This news obviously created quite the stir for enthusiasts, who were thrilled to rear about a new RWD sedan. We know that developing new architecture isn't cheap, so we don't expect the Mazda6 to be the only model based on this RWD platform. According to leaked information obtained by Coche Spias, this new architecture could also be used on a replacement for the Mazda CX-5.
The CX-5 is by far Mazda's best-seller, so much in fact that it outsells the rest of the company's portfolio combined. Mazda can't afford to have a misstep with the CX-5 but according to this new information, the company's most popular crossover could get even better.
This third-generation model is expected to arrive in 2022, which would make sense timing-wise since the second-generation CX-5 arrived in 2017. Much to our surprise, the CX-5 nameplate could be replaced by a new CX-50, which would be more in line with the recently released CX-30 crossover. As with the rumored Mazda6, this new CX-50 will be powered by a slew of new SkyActiv engine options.
The leaked information outlines a 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system producing 187 horsepower, which could act as the base engine. 2.2-liter and 3.3-liter SkyActiv-D diesel engines are also mentioned but would likely be exclusive to markets outside of the United States.
A 2.5-liter turbocharged SkyActiv-G engine producing 226 hp sounds like the engine that is currently found in higher trim versions of the CX-5 but the leak also includes information about a new 3.0-liter SkyActiv-X 48-volt mild-hybrid engine producing 281 hp. Mazda has already filed for the 'CX-50' name with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, which could signal some truth to this latest information.