Mazda is expanding its SUV lineup with new models underpinned by performance-minded architectures. The company has been shifting toward a more premium position and will only offer its SUVs with standard all-wheel-drive.
Auto manufacturers also added that CX-50 will be launched first in November ahead of the start of production early next year at Mazda new factory in Alabama that it shares with Toyota. The CX-50 will be built on the same platform as the existing Japanese-made CX-5 and initially sold alongside it.
Mazda said that it will launch a plug-in hybrid vehicle that uses a rotary gas engine as a range extender next year. The company didn’t confirm if it will be offered in the U.S., where it just launched the limited availability MX-30 EV battery-powered crossover, which has an electric-only range of approximately 100 miles.