The All-New Mazda CX-50 2025: Unveiling a Hybrid Revolution. Toyota-Inspired, But Make It Mazda.

Mazda has unveiled a hybrid configuration for their CX-50 SUV model, a surprising move given the vehicle's older platform. This announcement marks a significant step forward for the Japanese automaker, as it embraces electrification with a model that was not initially expected to receive such treatment. The CX-50 hybrid is a testament to Mazda's commitment to innovation and sustainability, offering customers a more efficient and environmentally friendly option without compromising on the performance and style that the brand is known for.

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Mazda has unveiled the 2025 CX-50 with an exciting new addition: a hybrid version. This model boasts an impressive fuel economy of 7.43 L/100 km, compared to the standard model’s 10.1 L/100 km, translating to significant savings at the pump for drivers.

Under the hood, the Mazda CX-50 Hybrid utilizes the Toyota Hybrid System, combining a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, three electric motors, an electronically controlled CVT transmission, and a small battery. This configuration delivers a total output of 219 horsepower and 221 Nm of torque, along with all-wheel drive capability.

The 2025 Mazda CX-50, including the hybrid model, features a design that remains largely unchanged from its predecessor. Image credit: Mazda

While the hybrid system is sourced from Toyota, Mazda engineers have fine-tuned the technology to ensure a driving experience true to the Mazda brand, paying attention to even the smallest details such as throttle response.

The availability of a hybrid powertrain in the CX-50 also hints at the possibility of similar options for other Mazda models sharing the same platform, such as the Mazda3 and CX-30. It’s also plausible that the slightly older CX-5, which uses a different platform, could eventually offer a hybrid variant.

The introduction of the hybrid model significantly enhances the competitiveness of the CX-50 as hybrid vehicles are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to pure electric cars. Image credit: Mazda

In terms of design, the Mazda CX-50 Hybrid differs from the standard model with a new front bumper and 17/19-inch alloy wheels. The interior offers an exclusive red leather upholstery option.

In addition to the new hybrid configuration, the 2025 Mazda CX-50 receives several other updates. The personal assistant Alexa is now standard across all configurations. The suite of standard safety technologies has also been expanded to include features like a warning when exiting the vehicle and Smart Brake Support with nighttime pedestrian detection.

The interior of the 2025 Mazda CX-50 remains largely unchanged in terms of design, with the addition of an exclusive red leather upholstery option. Image credit: Mazda

Regarding powertrains, the standard model continues to use a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine producing 187 horsepower and 251 Nm of torque. However, fuel efficiency has been slightly improved, with ratings of 11.3 L/100 km in the city, 9.11 L/100 km on the highway, and 10.09 L/100 km combined. The premium model retains the 2.5L turbocharged engine with 256 horsepower and 433 Nm of torque.

The 2025 Mazda CX-50 Hybrid starts at $33,970 (863.7 million VND), while the standard model has a starting price of $30,300 (770.4 million VND).

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