(By Tom Lohnes) – Mazda has just released a lot of news on their crossovers, and it’s all good. A refresh, a new standard feature, and an all-new model should be hitting the streets in 2022, so get ready.
Starting with the smallest of the three updates, every Mazda crossover from the 2022 model year on is going to come standard with AWD. I guess Mazda saw Subaru’s success and hopped on the train. It’ll cut costs by a bit too, because they don’t have to change parts between FWD and AWD cars anymore. Expect the vehciles affected by this (CX-30, CX-5, CX-9) to get a small price bump, but nothing too crazy.
Speaking of the CX-5, Mazda’s bestseller gets a refresh for 2022 and it looks better than ever. With a bigger grille up front and revised lights all around, the CX-5 really is a looker. They also got rid of all that ugly black body cladding, so that’s definitely a plus. No interior photos have been shared yet, but expect a very nice place to be, just with some more tech over the pre-refresh model.
And finally, the biggest shocker of the bunch, Mazda will be offering a RWD-based crossover about them size of the CX-5 with a turbocharged Inline-6. This will be based off of the all-new Mazda6 that we should see in a few months, and this really cements Mazda’s move upmarket. Likely called the CX-6, this thing should go against the BMW X3 and Genesis GV70, just to name a few competitors.