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Mazda “unsure” about next-generation CX-5

It’s not clear if the Mazda CX-5 will obtain a 3rd technology as the corporate rolls out two separate new mid-sized SUVs.

“I’m unsure whether or not we’re going to introduce a CX-5 or not, so I can’t offer you any particulars,” mentioned the CX-5’s present program supervisor, Mitsuru Wakiie, by an interpreter when requested a couple of next-generation mannequin.

The CX-5 solely just lately acquired a facelift, suggesting it’ll stay on sale for just a few years but.

However Mazda began manufacturing final 12 months of the CX-50 and CX-60, additionally mid-sized SUVs.

The CX-50, produced in each the US and China, makes use of a entrance/all-wheel drive platform shared with the CX-30 and measures 4719mm lengthy and 1920mm extensive on a 2814mm wheelbase.

The Japanese-built CX-60, developed with Europe in thoughts but additionally coming right here this 12 months, measures 4740mm lengthy and 1890mm extensive on a 2870mm wheelbase and makes use of a rear/all-wheel drive platform.

The CX-5, in distinction, measures 4550mm lengthy and 1840mm extensive on a 2700mm wheelbase and is without doubt one of the smaller fashions within the mainstream mid-sized SUV section.

However globally, the CX-5 was Mazda’s largest vendor by far in 2022 with a complete of 365,135 items. For context, Mazda bought 1,116,107 automobiles globally in 2022, which meant the CX-5 accounted for nearly a 3rd of the corporate’s whole quantity.

The Mazda 3 and CX-30 had been distant runners-up with 173,619 gross sales and 172,057 gross sales, respectively.

The CX-5 was additionally comfortably Mazda’s best-seller in Australia in 2022 with 27,062 gross sales, simply over twice as many because the second-place CX-30 and behind solely the Toyota RAV4 (34,845 gross sales) in its section.

It was additionally the fifth best-selling car in Australia total.

The CX-5 isn’t the one Mazda that finds itself with some in-house competitors.

The associated CX-8, an extended, three-row SUV derived from the CX-5, will quickly be abutted by the CX-80, a three-row counterpart to the “narrow-body” CX-60 that’s aimed on the European market. Mazda Australia says it’s evaluating the CX-80 for Australia.

For 2023, the CX-8 is receiving a facelift of its personal, with the same array of adjustments to final 12 months’s CX-5 facelift. It’s due right here in March.

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