2022 Mazda Lineup Highlights
Mazda’s lineup has impressed drivers over recent years with its high-end design, luxury cabins, and powerful engines. For 2022, Mazda plans on maintaining these strengths while making some changes to a few of its popular models. Here’s what we know so far about the new lineup.
New Strategy Begins for Mazda in 2022
2022 will see the beginning of a new strategy for Mazda, which is aiming to grow its offering of electric and hybrid vehicles. As part of its Sustainable Zoom Zoom 2030 project, Mazda wants to launch 13 electric or hybrid vehicles by 2025. Five of these are expected to be hybrids, another five will be plug-in hybrids, and three will be EVs. The first of these EVs, the MX-30, is due to hit dealerships in 2022.
Mazda will also drop some vehicles from its current lineup in 2022. The CX-3 compact SUV is being discontinued after the 2021 model year. It appears Mazda has made this decision due to the strong similarities between the CX-3 and CX-30. Both are compact SUVs with seating for five passengers, but the CX-30 possesses more cargo storage at the rear.
The Mazda 6 sedan will also not be offered in the US for 2022. However, auto experts suspect that the 6 could make a comeback in 2023. Reports suggest that Mazda is working on a rear-wheel drive setup for its mid-sized sedan that could help the Mazda 6 compete with luxury cars.
2022 Mazda MX-30
While Mazda no doubt still has some surprises in store for its 2022 lineup, the biggest change we know about so far is the introduction of the MX-30. A subcompact crossover, the MX-30 is a battery-powered EV with seating for five people.
The MX-30 is inspired by the design of the 2021 CX-30 but with a few twists. For example, the two rear doors on this four-door crossover have rear hinges, making access to the rear row of seats easier. Externally, the MX-30 will feature chrome accents and a floating roof design.
At its initial launch, the MX-30 will feature an electric motor capable of putting out 144 horsepower. Later in 2022 or perhaps for the 2023 model year, Mazda plans to introduce an MX-30 plug-in hybrid that will include the first rotary engine in a Mazda sold in the US in 10 years. Unlike many other hybrids, it’s expected that the MX-30’s engine will be used to recharge the battery rather than power the wheels when you’re driving. If true, this would mean that the battery would provide power to the wheels at all times.
2022 Mazda 3
Fans of compact cars will enjoy the Mazda 3’s nimble handling and powerful engine for such a small vehicle. It’s available as a sedan or hatchback, which is a great option for anyone requiring a little more cargo space.
The Mazda 3 went through a complete redesign in 2019, so major changes for 2022 are not expected. There are likely to be three engines to choose from: a base 2.0-liter V-4, a more powerful 2.5-liter V-4, and the standout 2.5-liter turbocharged V-4.
KBB predicts that Mazda may make some changes to the body colors on offer and wheel design options.
2022 Mazda CX-5
The CX-5 has emerged as a standout compact SUV since it first made its appearance for the 2017 model year. It has consistently won praise for its powerful engine, athletic performance, and premium quality cabin.
Mazda’s all-new 3.0-liter inline-6 engine could make an appearance in the 2022 CX-5 lineup when it hits dealerships this fall. There’s also speculation that the CX-5 lineup may include a hybrid engine option.
There’s no indication that major changes will occur to the CX-5’s interior. For the 2021 model, Mazda carried out substantial changes to the infotainment system, including the introduction of a 10.25-inch entertainment screen.
Finally, it’s even been suggested that the CX-5 could soon be rebranded as the CX-50. Unconfirmed reports say that Mazda is planning to base the CX-50 on the same rear-wheel drive system that’s set to be part of a redesigned Mazda 6. The CX-50 could be presented as early as the first half of 2022 and play an important part in the shift to hybrid vehicles.
2022 Mazda CX-9
The family-friendly three-row CX-9 has firmly established Mazda’s presence in the mid-sized SUV class. Speculation about how this vehicle will look for 2022 is ongoing, in part because the new model isn’t expected to hit showrooms until early to mid-2022.
Some reports suggest that the CX-9 could get Mazda’s new rear-wheel drive system and a new engine lineup. Others contend that the specs may remain similar to the 2021 model as Mazda puts off major changes until 2023.
What’s not likely to change is the cabin layout. The 2021 Mazda CX-9’s three rows of seating sit six or seven people, depending on whether you opt for captain’s chairs or a bench seat in the second row. There’s just over 14 cubic feet of cargo storage behind the third row, or over 38 cubic feet with the third row down. The 2021 CX-9’s entertainment and technology offerings were also impressive, including a 10.3-inch screen, smartphone compatibility, and a long list of driver safety features.
Make Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth the Place to Learn More About Mazda’s 2022 Lineup
As one of the premier Mazda dealerships in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth is the place where you can find out all the latest about Mazda’s 2022 lineup. As soon as new models become available, you’ll be able to browse their features in our online inventory, check out our new vehicle specials, inspect them in-person at our showroom in Fort Worth, and arrange a test drive to convince yourself of their high performance.
If you have any questions about Mazda’s new lineup or anything else, don’t hesitate to contact our team of auto experts. Don’t forget that we continue to stock new Mazda models from the 2021 model year, which offer a wide range of options if you can’t wait for the new releases to come out.