Mazda to Launch Hybrid CX-5 Amid Rising Market Competition

Jacob Brooke
May 16, 2024
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Mazda continues to develop its CX-5 model, positioning it for a transition to hybrid technology in response to market trends.

Alastair Doak, head of marketing at Mazda Australia, revealed that the successor to the CX-5 is under development, although specific details on its release remain undisclosed.

The second-generation CX-5, now in its eighth year, exceeds the lifespan of its predecessor, which was in production from 2012 to 2017.

As the automotive industry moves towards more environmentally friendly technologies, Mazda plans to introduce a hybrid option for the CX-5, aiming to stay competitive with leading models such as the Toyota RAV4.

Mazda’s strategy involves potentially adopting a hybrid powertrain that could either integrate technology from their collaborations, such as with Toyota in the CX-50 in China, or could build upon Mazda’s own 48-volt mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid systems used in the CX-60.

The company has not yet confirmed the specifics of the powertrain or the new model’s name.

Despite the introduction of similar-sized models like the CX-60 and the upcoming CX-70, Mazda maintains that there is a market for several five-seat SUV options within its lineup, with each serving distinct customer segments.

The CX-5 remains a strong performer in Mazda’s sales figures in Australia.

Future updates for the CX-5 may include the integration of Mazda Connected Services, which first appeared in the 2024 MX-5 lineup.

With a general shift in the auto industry towards SUVs and away from sedans and other non-SUVs, Mazda’s product strategy aims to adapt to and meet these changing consumer preferences.

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