Mazda is expanding its SUV lineup to include a new two-row midsize model called the CX-70. It rides on a new platform and is expected to be more luxurious than the brand’s smaller CX-5 and CX-50 SUVs. A plug-in-hybrid drivetrain may be available, along with an inline-six engine with a 48-volt hybrid system—similar to the powertrain found in most BMW and Mercedes models. Although Mazda has yet to reveal the CX-70, we expect it to look similar to the European-market CX-60 (pictured) but feature a wider body. The interior will offer more space than the CX-5 and will likely wear premium materials.
What’s New for 2024?
The CX-70 is an all-new SUV that sits between the compact CX-50 and the three-row CX-9. Mazda is in the process of upgrading its crossover range and says there will be another new model called the CX-90 coming soon as well.
Price and Which One to Buy
Pricing for the CX-70 has not been announced, but we expect it to offer the same range of trim levels as other Mazda models. All-wheel drive will be standard across the board, but we don’t know exactly which powertrain configurations will be standard and optional. Look for plug-in-hybrid setups at extra cost.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
We think the CX-70 will offer a choice of either an inline-six petrol engine with a 48-volt hybrid system or a drive-in-hybrid drive with a 2.5-litre inline-four. The inline-six will probably produce more than 300 horsepower and put its power through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The plug-in-hybrid model is expected to share its powertrain with the CX-60, offering a combined output of 323 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque and a claimed electric driving range of 39 miles. Underneath the CX-70 is Mazda’s new platform featuring a longitudinal engine layout, which could theoretically allow for both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive—though all CX-70s will come standard with the latter. This layout aims to provide handling, performance and refinement more akin to luxury SUVs from BMW and Mercedes when compared to mainstream SUVs, which use front-wheel-drive based transverse engine platforms. It also allowed designers to give the CX-70 the front-to-front axle proportions of rear-drive luxury sedans and expensive SUVs.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
The CX-70 will be a two-row model with room for five passengers. To go along with its more upscale bent, the CX-70 will have a nicer cabin than many similarly priced rivals. If the interior of the CX-60 is any indication, it will offer luxurious materials such as woven textiles, Nappa leather and wood trim that result in an attractive dashboard design.
Infotainment and Connectivity
We think the CX-70 will have a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, similar to the screen equipped on the similar CX-60 global model. It will be controlled by a rotary knob on the center console. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity features should be standard equipment.
Safety Features and Driver Assistance
Most Mazda models offer a variety of driver assistance features as standard equipment and we don’t expect the CX-70 to be any different. Key safety features may include:
- Standard automatic emergency brake
- Standard lane departure warning and lane keep assist
- Standard blind spot monitoring
As more information becomes available, we’ll update this story with more details about:
- Real World Fuel Economy and MPG
- Warranty and Maintenance Coverage