US-exclusive Mazda CX-50 is first vehicle to roll out of new Alabama facility

US-exclusive Mazda CX-50 is first vehicle to roll out of new Alabama facility

MANILA: Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) President and CEO Jeff Cuyton drove the first CX-50 to roll out of the Discovery Line at the company’s new facility in Alabama, USA. Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) is a joint venture between Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation. The first-ever CX-50 was developed exclusively for North America.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the two powertrain options that will initially be available for the Mazda CX-50?

    At launch, Mazda CX-50 buyers can choose between two engines – the Skyactiv-G 2.5 naturally aspirated engine and Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine – both mated to a snappy six-speed automatic transmission.
  • What are the other notable features of the Mazda CX-50?

    The Mazda CX-50 comes standard with Mazda Intelligent Drive Select, the latest i-Activ AWD technology, panoramic moonroof, and spacious cargo space.
  • “This is an exciting day for both MTM team members and MNAO employees to celebrate the first CX-50 to roll off the Discovery Line at MTM. The production of the CX-50 here signifies the importance of the North American market to Mazda and our commitment to investing in the US,” Guyton stated.

    MTM started operations in September 2021 and targets to produce 300,000 vehicles per year. Up to 4,000 employees will be recruited for the plant. Suppliers are projected to employ several thousand workers as well.

    The 2023 CX-50 is said to be a tough and capable crossover SUV. It offers excellent driving dynamics and features a stunning design, as one would expect from a Mazda vehicle. It also allows drivers to travel further into the outdoors and across various terrains.

    The CX-50 comes standard with Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive) and the newest i-Activ All-Wheel Drive (AWD) technology. The new drive modes, which can be set via the Mi-Drive switch, assist the vehicle in driving naturally in a various conditions, such as exhilarating off-road terrain or providing dependable towing capabilities.

    At launch, CX-50 buyers can choose between two engines – the Skyactiv-G 2.5 naturally aspirated engine and Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine — both mated to a snappy six-speed automatic transmission. The CX-50 will also be available with electrified powertrains in the coming years. More details about the electrified variants will be released at a later date.

    The interior of the CX-50 is well-designed with a driver-centric layout. The CX-50 is the first-ever Mazda to be equipped with a panoramic moonroof, which allows passengers to feel more connected to nature. The CX-50’s designs are not only stylish, but also functional. While all occupants are comfortable inside, the cargo space has been specially designed to complement outdoor activities. The height and length of the vehicle are perfect for loading and securing common outdoor equipment. Furthermore, the CX-50’s high-strength roof rails, reinforced B-pillars, and door jambs make it easier to secure equipment on the roof.

    Photo from Mazda

    Also read: Mazda PH presents bolder-looking, better-equipped, and safer CX-9

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