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Mazda launches CX-5, CX-9 and Mazda6 Carbon Edition for 2021

The 2021 Mazda CX-5, CX-9, and Mazda 6 Carbon Edition put gray on display.

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UPDATED: This article has been updated to include the full roster of CX-9 Carbon Edition features.

Why go black when you can go gray? In a world of sport packages and midnight editions, Mazda is launching a Carbon Edition option on select vehicles.

The 2021 CX-5, CX-9, and Mazda 6 Carbon Edition will all feature a Polymetal Gray paint job, red leather interior, and black accents inside and out. On the outside there are black metallic finish aluminum alloy wheels and gloss black door mirrors, among other details. The interior of each model is trimmed out with black honeycomb and red stitching.

100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata side The company recently celebrated its history with the release of the 100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata. Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

Each model comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Bose premium audio system, and heated front seats.

The roster of included safety technology has blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and Smart Brake Support.

The CX-5 is Mazda's compact SUV. It competes against the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V. Despite the heavy competition, it's one of the best-selling SUVs in the country and the best-selling Mazda as well. The three-row CX-9 is larger and slots directly above the CX-5 in the Mazda lineup. Its closest competition is the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot.

The Mazda6 is a midsize car that wins accolades for being a premium offering without a premium level price tag in its highest trim levels. The engaging car faces stiff competition from the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord as well as the Ford Fusion.

Pricing and a full product features list will be announced in the coming weeks along with the full 2021 Mazda model lineup.

The CX-9 Carbon Edition builds on the CX-9 Touring with Touring Premium Package, adding 20-inch black metallic aluminum alloy wheels, red leather seats, and black interior trimming on the dash, door panels, and handle bezels. The steering wheel will have paddle shifters. Smart City Brake Support Reverse and Driver Attention Alert are standard, as are second-row captain's chairs with armrest and center pass through. The model also has a hands-free power liftgate, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel, seven-inch TFT reconfigurable digital gauge display, Satin Chrome roof rails, automatic power folding door mirrors, Adaptive Front-lighting System, eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar support and memory positioning, chrome lower exterior accents, interior LED accents, windshield wiper de-icer and frameless rearview mirror.

Mazda recently launched a special 100th Anniversary edition of the MX-5 Miata to celebrate the company's long and storied history, which extends from motorcycles to vans (some are really unattractive) to decades of models leading up to the modern Mazda3 and beyond.

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The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is joining the company’s lineup

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The decision to add a turbocharged engine variant to the Mazda3 was met with praise for those who like getting in a little more excitement behind the wheel. Now It has been announced that the Mazda3's crossover counterpart, the CX-30 is getting the same treatment.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 will be available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when the tank is filled with 93 octane fuel. The performance drops to 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when owners fill up with 87 octane. Engines with the turbo-four also get standard all-wheel drive.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The body styling is pretty much the same as the rest of the Mazda CX-30 lineup, but it does have unique wheels and other attributes.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

To accommodate the new engine option, Mazda has not had to change the outward appearance of the model In earnest but does add some highlights including 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, larger tailpipes, gloss black door mirrors and a "TURBO" badge on the liftgate.

As the most premium Mazda CX-30 model, it comes with a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, black upper dash and chrome finishes. The features list includes a Bose 12-speaker audio system and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen..

The CX-30 2.5 Turbo, as the models with the engine will be known. Also comes equipped with Smart City Brake Support Reverse and rear cross-traffic braking technologies that can sense a vehicle coming into the lane of travel when reversing, warn the driver, and apply the brakes in order to possibly avoid a collision. Additional available safety technologies include a 360-degree view monitor, Active Drive Display, traffic sign recognition, and adaptation front lighting.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The CX-30 debuted just last year.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is scheduled to go on sale by the end of 2020. Specific packaging and pricing details will be announced in the coming months

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The Chevrolet Silverado will be offered with a new, multi-way tailgate for the 2021 model year.

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Buyers love the GMC Sierra’s MultiPro Tailgate so it was only a matter of time before General Motors brought it over to the Chevrolet Silverado. That time has arrived.

Chevy will introduce the six-way tailgate on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado at the end of the year. Instead of being known as the MultiPro Tailgate, the feature will be rebranded and called the Multi-Flex Tailgate. Yes, with the hyphen and everything.

The Chevrolet version of the tailgate really isn’t much different than the GMC version. The biggest difference is that it wears bow tie badging.

It’s functionality includes:

  • Primary gate — opens from the key fob, from inside the truck or via a button on the gate.
  • Primary gate load stop — helps prevent items from sliding out of the box.
  • Easy access — the inner gate folds down, allowing a deeper reach into the box.
  • Full-width step — the inner gate folds into a large step for easy access and holds up to 375 pounds.
  • Inner gate load stop — helps prevent second-tier items from sliding out of the box.
  • Inner gate with work surface — when opened, provides a work surface as well as second-tier loading.
It is likely that the Multi-Flex Tailgate will cost a premium when it arrives on dealer lots and it probably won’t be available on all Silverado models. In the video above, Chevrolet shows the tailgate on the Silverado High Country, its highest trim level.
In addition to the tailgate news, Chevrolet has already revealed that it will offer a Realtree Edition of the Silverado 1500 for the 2021 model year. It will feature familiar features and appointments that exemplify the Realtree brand.

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado is slated to go on sale later this year.

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