2022 Mazda CX-50 debuts with rugged looks, off-road focused performance

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Mazda’s newest SUV looks like a direct competitor to the Subaru Crosstrek.

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After the perplexing launch of the , but also riding high on the continued success of its ,  just unveiled the newest member of its growing family of . Meet the new 2022 Mazda CX-50, with a focus on off-road performance that feels like a shot across bow.

The CX-50 is visually and, presumably, physically taller than the CX-5 — Mazda hasn’t released detailed specs and dimensions, yet. Mazda tells us that the CX-50’s low roofline and wide-opening rear door grant easy access to the roof racks, despite the increased ground clearance.

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Up front, you’ll find a blacked-out version of the automaker’s wing-shaped grille and headlight combo that helps to visually broaden the SUV’s stance. Not that it needs much optical trickery: The CX-50 riffs on Mazda’s design language with broader, more squared-off shoulders and fender flares to accommodate its wider track. And, of course, because this is an off-road focused vehicle, there’s black plastic cladding protecting the wheel arches and lower body.

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