Mazda is expanding its SUV lineup to include a new two-row mid-size 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 powertrain will likely be available, along with an inline-six engine with a 48-volt hybrid system—similar to the powertrains found in many BMW and Mercedes models. While Mazda has yet to reveal the CX-70, we expect it to look similar to the European-market CX-60 (pictured) but have a wider body. Its interior will offer more space than the CX-5’s and will likely be dressed in premium materials.
What’s new for 2024?
The CX-70 is an all-new SUV that slots in between the compact CX-50 and the three-row CX-9. Mazda is upgrading its lineup of crossovers and says another new model called the CX-90 will be coming soon as well.
Prices and which one to buy
Pricing for the CX-70 hasn’t been announced, but we expect it to offer a similar range of trim levels to other Mazda models. All-wheel drive will generally be standard, but we don’t know exactly which drivetrain configurations will be standard and optional. Look for the plug-in hybrid setup to cost a little extra.
Engine, transmission and performance
We think the CX-70 will offer a choice of either an inline-six gasoline engine with a 48-volt hybrid system or a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with a 2.5-liter inline-four. The inline-six will likely 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 claiming an electric driving range of 39 miles. Underneath the CX-70 is Mazda’s new platform with a longitudinal engine layout, which in theory could enable both rear- 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 compared to mainstream SUVs, which use front-drive transverse engine platforms. It also allows the designers to give the CX-70 the dash-to-front-axle ratios of the expensive rear-drive luxury sedans and 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 luxurious bent, the CX-70 will have a nicer cabin than many similar rivals. If the CX-60’s interior is any indication, it will offer fancy materials such as woven textiles, Nappa leather and wood trim that make for an attractive dashboard design.
Infotainment and connectivity
We think the CX-70 will have an infotainment screen as large as 12.3 inches, similar to the screen equipped on the similar CX-60 global model. It will be controlled by a dial on the center console. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity features should be standard equipment.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
Most Mazda models offer a wide range of driver assistance features as standard equipment and we don’t expect the CX-70 to be any different. Key safety features are likely to include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking
- Standard lane departure warning and lane keeping assist
- Standard blind spot monitoring
As more information becomes available, we will update this story with more details on:
- Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
- Warranty and Maintenance Cover