So, what can you expect from 2023 Mazda CX-5? Rumor has that the CX-5 successor has been confirmed to come with rear-wheel driving system and straight-six power. The line was first debuted in 2012 (set as 2013 model) and it has become one of the best selling line from Mazda now. Since then, the line has been redesigned and updated. But as time goes by, the compact utility ride isn’t able to hide its age anymore, especially when it concerns the SkyActiv unit and the sluggish auto transmission.
The Future Redesigned Plan
In March 2019, Mazda has launched the first (ever) glimpse of Large Architecture with its rear wheel driving system, as well as the all wheel one. They are also offering the first sight of the new SkyActiv unit with the six cylinders arrangement. And then they reconfirmed the straight-six mills with the new transmission – which will be coming in a box. It’s a torque converter type with 8-forward ratios.
And it’s a good thing that Mazda has planned to reinvent itself with a new portfolio. The new 2023 Mazda CX-5 will be coming with the rear wheel driving construction. There is an optional all wheel driving system, but the new construction does offer more sportiness and flexibility.
Don’t let the physical exterior look fool you. The upcoming 2023 model may not be so much different from the current model, but things would be completely different right under the car’s skin. Rumor has it that the new CX-50 will be constructed and built on Mazda 6 framework. Thanks to this arrangement, Mazda can offer (at least) two engine options with its inline-six unit.
Despite the claim that the 2023 model will look the same as the current model, there is going to be a slight updates and refreshment. For instance, the new model may come with new front end, wider grille, and tweaked headlights. The front bumper will have a slightly lower part and it is changed too, with the horizontal daytime LED running lights and re-shaped air intakes. Other tweaks include (more) upright design and square wheel arches.
Engine and Performance
As it was mentioned before, there would be at least 2 different options for the inline-six units. One may be coming as a petrol unit with 3.0 liter capacity, which is paired up with SkyActiv-X technology. It’s possible that it will be coming with the mild-hybrid 48V system. The second option may be the inline-six diesel unit with 3.3 liter capacity.
There is no confirmation about the output, but some say that the petrol may be able to produce 282 hp to 350 hp, with either 360 Nm to 542 Nm of torque. For the diesel, the number may be around 260 hp and 610 Nm of torque. But then again, these numbers aren’t only predictions, so we still need to wait for further official release.
Price and Release Date
Mazda hasn’t said anything about the price tag, but it’s likely that the arrival time would be set in late 2022. It’s also possible that the SUV would be renamed CX-50 for the upcoming 2023 Mazda CX-5.