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2023 CX-5 AND CX-50 to be released?

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2019 CX-5 Signature
So the rumor-mill (on Google and YouTube) has it that Mazda will release both a new CX-5 and CX-50 in the same 2023 model year. One would be very similar to the existing CX-5 and the other larger, RWD and inline six, aimed to take on the luxury brands. Seems a little far-fetched to me but what do others think?

Also does that make the 2022 a total carry-over/lame-duck? Not sure what more they could add to it?

To complicate things for me personally, my lease comes due in February 2022. Hmmm.
 

ColoradoDriver

Gen-1 Kodo Design
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Denver, CO
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2014 CX-5 Touring
I don't know about a CX-50, but 2017 was the start of Gen 2, so 2023 for Gen 3 CX-5? Sure, doesn't seem far fetched at all.

I've had mine nearly 8 years now (in April) so let's see how Gen 3 looks. Maybe they'll fix some stuff I don't care for with Gen 2. :D
 
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2021 CX-9 Sig
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2014 CX-5 GT
Could be. I thought the CX-50 would be the upscale version of the CX-5. The CX-50 would get an inline 6 with rear wheel drive biased AWD system. The CX-5 would stay with a 4 cylinder engine (including the 2.5T) and have the old AWD system.
 

HardRightEdg

US 2020 CX-5 Touring AWD Soul Red
So the rumor-mill (on Google and YouTube) has it that Mazda will release both a new CX-5 and CX-50 in the same 2023 model year. One would be very similar to the existing CX-5 and the other larger, RWD and inline six, aimed to take on the luxury brands. Seems a little far-fetched to me but what do others think?

Also does that make the 2022 a total carry-over/lame-duck? Not sure what more they could add to it?

To complicate things for me personally, my lease comes due in February 2022. Hmmm.
That makes perfect sense to me. CX-5 continues as the mainstream option in competition with the RAV4, CR-V, et. al. with CX-50 in the "premium" class competing against similarly sized and equipped BMWs, Mercedes, et. al., a US $40,000+ vehicle.

It would make no sense to have such a large gap between CX-30 and a premium/performance 300 hp RWD vehicle (at least to start out) when the volume sales are in the gap between the two. The indications seem to be the CX-50 trims added later will go up from there, not down--AWD, turbos, an EV. Maybe one step down with the 2.5L paired with a mild plug-in hybrid, but to me that would make mores sense as a CX-5 trim.

If that's the way it comes down, the only thing that does not make sense to me is the CX-50 name. It seems to me they should have chose one that makes a clearer differentiation from the CX-5. This would not be akin to the CX-3 vs. CX-30 where the difference is 40 hp and some hair splitting at the starting trim.