Mazda CX-50 Touring Ute – Mazda may not be interested in joining the thriving ‘lifestyle utes’ segment but we have just seen our latest renderings of what a pick-up vehicle from the brand might look like. Despite being used to the Mazda BT-50, which has been a standard Mazda vehicle for many years, Americans have not had the opportunity to purchase a utility vehicle with wing branding since 2009, when the Ford Ranger-based B-Series truck was discontinued.
A small pickup truck could be the right thing for the Japanese manufacturer in the US, with the FWD-based light-ute market in America growing from zero to two in just twelve months. This is thanks to the introductions of the Ford Maverick Hyundai Santa Cruz and Ford Maverick.
Mazda CX-50 Touring Ute Review
The monocoque CX-50 was adapted to the coupe utility. We’ve given it the name CX-50 Touring based on its nature and brand nomenclature. It combines the design of an all-wheel-drive SUV with the simplicity of a two-door unibody that is more focused on exploring the great outdoors. Our rendering features a two-door frame with only two seats. The Santa Cruz and Maverick are family-friendly four-door and five-seat vehicles. However, the Hyundai has more space in its tub.
Mazda CX-50 Touring Ute Revealed
The CX-50 Touring is identical to its donor car from the front. It features wide air intakes, Mazda’s new headlight design, and Mazda’s most recent headlight design. Meanwhile, the CX-50’s wide haunches are highlighted by chunky wheel cladding and boxy guards – both of which carry over to the Touring ute. The rear would be where a fixed tub, much like a Ford Ranger or Holden Commodore Ute, would allow owners to transport bulky items such as a bike and construction materials with ease. The CX-50’s rear bumper and tail-lights have been transferred to the Touring as well as the 18-inch alloy wheels, bonnet stripes, and the CX-50’s rear bumper. A set of Subaru Outback-style roof rails can be used to carry items like kayaks, storage units, and tents.
The Mazda 3-inspired cabin found in the regular CX-50 is still in place. It features a 10.25-inch widescreen screen and a 7-inch semi-digital instrument cluster. There are also two brown leather-embossed front seats. The CX-50 will adopt Toyota-sourced hybrid power next years. The Touring would also be electrified, along with turbocharged 2.5-liter petrol options. Sadly, there are no plans to make a ute derivative for the CX-50 in the United States – or any Mazda pick-up trucks other than the BT-50 – but our imaginations remain the same for now. However, these images might provide some motivation for the marque to start developing such a car (if it works that way).