The CX-5 has been one of the most important models for Japanese carmaker. It still makes very good sales numbers and that’s why expectations for the next generation are pretty big. According to the latest reports, the new model is about to arrive some, though it is still unclear if it’s about to come as 2023 Mazda CX-5, or it will debut in the 2023 calendar years. Furthermore, we can also find a lot of Japanese sources that suggest a new name for the company’s compact crossover- the CX-50.
At this point, we will call the new model the 2023 Mazda CX-5. Although the officials are mostly quiet about it, we know some of the design solutions, which will make a crucial difference compared to the outgoing model. This particularly refers to the mechanics, as the new model is expected to completely change its character and come with an RWD layout. Furthermore, we are about to see a way more capable engine lineup on the offer.
2023 Mazda CX-5 Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind about the 2023 Mazda CX-5 is the platform. From what we know, it will be completely new and we already know that it will completely change the character of this compact crossover. First of all, the next generation will feature an RWD layout, compared to the current FWD-biased model. Of course, this will significantly improve driving characteristics, even though the current model is already pretty impressive in this aspect.
Of course, we have no doubt that the new model will be offered in the AWD layout too. Furthermore, the new platform will support various forms of electrification. Initial versions will come with a 48-V mild-hybrid system, while other forms of electrification are expected in the future.
Of course, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 will come with completely new styling. At this point, it is still early for details but we have no doubt that the Japanese manufacturer will continue to develop its gorgeous KODO design language, characterized by sleek and fluid lines.
Also, we don’t believe that the new model could change significantly in terms of dimensions. We presume that the wheelbase will be longer, but the rest of the measurements shouldn’t change too much. This will remain a compact crossover this time, it will be even more premium, whether it’s about styling, ride quality and general refinement.
The current model already features one of the nicest cabins in the class, so the 2023 Mazda CX-5 can only get better. We count on a styling cabin design, with a dashboard that combines high-end materials with relatively simplistic dashboard design and excellent build quality. Furthermore, this mode traditionally comes with great sound insulation. So, there is no doubt that the new model will once again feel premium in many ways.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the current generation is practicality. While the front seats are spacious and comfortable. Still, we can’t say the same for the second row, which isn’t as spacious as some found in rival models. Speaking of the rivals, we expect that the new 2023 Mazda CX-5 will be a genuine premium car in every aspect and that will be considered as a competitor to models like Acura RDX, Lexus NX, Volvo XC60, as well as German rivals like Audi Q5 or BMW X3.
2023 Mazda CX-5 Engine
This is probably the most interesting aspect of the upcoming 2023 Mazda CX-5 redesign. From what we know so far, the new model will feature an RWD layout and will come with Mazda’s all-new inline-six engine. That will be a 3.0-liter SkyActive X engine and it will probably come in a few variants regarding max output, ranging from 280 to 350 horsepower, rumors say. A diesel version is expected too, though we are not sure about its arrival in North America. The details are still unavailable, but some sources suggest a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel with around 260 horsepower.
Besides the new engine lineup, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 will also come with a new transmission. The old six-speed automatic will be replaced, probably with an 8-speed unit from Aisin. We are still waiting for the official confirmation.
2023 Mazda CX-5 Release Date
At this point, it’s still early to talk, but the 2023 Mazda CX-5 will most likely come sometime during 2023.