The Changan Mazda three way partnership has revealed the Mazda CX-50 Hybrid for the Chinese language market, and it’ll reportedly use Toyota powertrain know-how.
On the Shanghai motor present, Mazda’s Chinese language three way partnership made a number of bulletins, detailing of the petrol-powered CX-50 vary for that market, debuting the CX-50 Hybrid, and teasing its upcoming electrification plans on the planet’s largest automotive market.
Diving via the nation’s Weibo social community, China’s automotive cloud community stories pre-sales of the CX-50 have now commenced in China, with 2.0- and a pair of.5-litre petrol fashions obtainable priced from 159,800 yuan ($34,660) to 212,000 yuan ($45,982).
Changan Mazda will launch the CX-50 at Mount Everest in Could – there’s a mountain adventuring theme within the CX-50’s advertising supplies in China.
The Japanese model’s three way partnership additionally introduced the brand new CX-50 Hybrid, which is able to observe the petrol variations into market and kickstart Changan Mazda’s electrification journey.
Extra particular particulars are skinny on the bottom, nevertheless it’s reported the CX-50 HEV – because it’s additionally referred to in a number of the Shanghai presentation – will use Toyota hybrid know-how, in an fascinating transfer from the model.
Toyota Motor Company does maintain a minority stake in Mazda (round 5.0 per cent), however aside from just a few rebadging jobs – just like the Euro-market Mazda 2 Hybrid that’s primarily a Yaris in drag – we haven’t seen Toyota’s hybrid methods in certainly one of Mazda’s personal fashions till now.
Whereas the specifics of the Mazda CX-50 Hybrid’s drivetrain don’t seem to have been launched anyplace, a clue might come from the place the model’s crossover is produced, which might additionally level to a rollout of the hybrid past Chinese language borders.
Changan Mazda will produce the home CX-50 at its manufacturing facility in Nanjing, however for the US the crossover is assembled in Huntsville, Alabama, alongside the Toyota Corolla Cross. The US-produced mannequin can also be exported to Canada, Colombia, and extra not too long ago Mexico.
Whereas the CX-50 and Corolla Cross don’t share widespread underpinnings – the CX-50 rides on an prolonged model of the Mazda 3’s and CX-30’s platform – it wouldn’t be stunning if the CX-50 Hybrid used a model (or variations) of the Corolla Cross’s obtainable hybrid powertrains.
It’s unclear when Mazda Motor Company plans to introduce the CX-50 Hybrid outdoors of the Chinese language market, however on the world reveal in November 2021 it confirmed electrified powertrains have been within the nameplate’s future “together with a conventional hybrid mannequin”.
Given the US-built mannequin can also be meant to introduce hybrid tech in some unspecified time in the future, the joint manufacturing facility with Toyota additional factors to a powertrain collaboration with the Corolla Cross.
Whereas the Corolla Cross provides each 90kW 1.8-litre and 146kW 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid drivetrains globally, solely the two.0L model is used within the US-built mannequin.
Our guess is that the Mazda CX-50 Hybrid will provide a model of the two.0-litre system, with stories out of China indicating each front- and four-wheel drive variations of the HEV might be made obtainable in terms of market.
Petrol variations of the Mazda CX-50 come customary with a six-speed automated transmission, although a Toyota hybrid system suggests an eCVT might be used within the CX-50 HEV – until Mazda develops its personal transmission or tailors a model of the six-speed hybrid auto being utilized in Toyota’s newest Hybrid Max fashions.
Additional to the CX-50 HEV, Changan Mazda briefly teased two upcoming electrified releases, which seem like sedans.
Sedans could also be on the decline in most components of the world, however they nonetheless play a powerful position within the Chinese language market.
Each automobiles, that are pictured underneath pink sheets within the above roadmap teaser, will provide each plug-in hybrid and battery electrical drivetrains in accordance with the graphic.
It’s unclear whether or not these are next-generation fashions or in the event that they’ll be based mostly on current nameplates. At the moment, the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 are the one sedans Changan Mazda sells in China.
This may very well be our biggest indication but that the Mazda 6 is getting a brand new era, although given Changan Mazda’s completely Chinese language manufacturing, it might quickly develop into but one other world nameplate that’s exiled to a Chinese language afterlife just like the Ford Mondeo – we’ll examine this extra in an upcoming story, keep tuned.
Mazda Australia has beforehand dominated out the CX-50 for an Australian launch, largely as a result of truth it’s at the moment solely produced in left-hand drive.
The model has talked about quite a few occasions at a neighborhood degree, nonetheless, that there might be a brand new era of CX-5 in some kind, however whether or not that comes within the type of an all-new CX-5 or it’s changed by one thing comparable remains to be unclear.
Mazda’s top-selling mannequin globally is the CX-5 by some margin, and in Australia it’s simply the model’s golden little one on the gross sales charts regardless of its advancing age.
It is smart for the newer CX-50 to exchange the CX-5 finally given its newer structure, comparable measurement and acquainted line-up of powertrains – plus plans for electrified variants – however then again ought to the CX-5 be phased out this era, the brand new CX-60 provides cheaper variants that in Japan undercut even the CX-8.
As reported by CarExpert final August, the CX-60 provides an entry-level 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with rear-wheel drive in its dwelling market. In base trim, that is cheaper than a base CX-8 in Japan, which kicks off at $40,190 domestically.
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