Update: ‘Design & Interior’ and ‘Release Date’ sections updated.
On October 6, 2021, Mazda announced five new SUV launches globally by 2023. It confirmed that the U.S. will get three models, one of which will be the Mazda CX-70, which will feature electrification. Here’s what you can expect from the future Mazda SUV:
Design & Interior
The CX-70, like the Mazda CX-90, will be a model designed and developed mainly for North America. Mazda has mentioned that the CX-70 will be a wide-body, two-row SUV belonging to the mid-size segment. Targeted at customers who prefer SUVs that are larger than the CX-60 and offer a big presence, the CX-70 will have proportions “optimized for US consumers with expanded interior cabin and cargo spaces.”
Mazda would conceive the CX-70 under Noble Toughness, its latest design concept. A deeply sculpted front face, a long nose, and a short rear silhouette should give the CX-70 an imposing SUV-like presence and a powerful character. At the same time, smooth surfacing on the body panels, body-colored fender flares, and a dropping roofline should lend the SUV a sophisticated style.
As per a WhichCar story published on February 3, 2023, the CX-70’s design will not be too dissimilar to the CX-90’s. The Australian report suggests that the new crossover could borrow the general styling cues from its larger sibling, including the front fascia and also possibly the first half of the exterior up to the B-pillar. Mazda Australia’s Marketing Director Alastair Doak appeared to agree with the publication when it described the CX-70 as featuring a sloped roofline and five seats, but a size smaller than the three-row CX-90. Being a five-seat model, the CX-50 should have a better angle for the D-pillar, and a smaller rear quarter glass.
The Mazda CX-70 should be feature-rich across grades and offer distinction using different wheels and finishes. On the outside, adaptive LED headlights, 20-inch wheels, and a hands-free power liftgate could be its key features.
Inside, as in the CX-90, we think the CX-70 will have plenty of comfort and convenience features, such as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Active Driving Display (HUD), an infotainment system with a 10.25- or 12.3-inch touchscreen, Mazda Connect, and the Mazda Connect commander control knob, a panoramic moonroof, wireless charging, USB-C charging ports in both rows, ambient lighting and more. A Bose audio system should keep the driver and passengers well-entertained.
The usage of maple wood and brushed metal trim surfaces, Nappa leather-trimmed seat covers, dashboard upholstery featuring hanging stitches inspired by hand-bookbinding and Kumihimo (a Japanese weaving technique) should ensure customers perceive the CX-70 as the classiest model in its segment.
A myriad of ‘i-Activsense’ safety technologies, including Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist will likely be standard on the CX-70. Rear Seat Alert could also be part of the standard safety features.
More safety equipment, including a 360º View Monitor with See-through View technology, will likely be available in higher grades. Along with the bird’s-eye, rear and left-/right-hand side views of the vehicle from above, the 360º View Monitor with See-through View technology gives the driver view of the front and rear corners of the vehicle from their viewpoint. The additional functionality ensures the driver doesn’t miss seeing objects obscured by the vehicle’s bodywork.
The CX-70 will be based on the company’s Skyactiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture that debuted in the CX-60. It will have a longitudinal (front-engine, rear-wheel drive) mechanical layout, claimed to provide “Mazda’s next-level” design, performance, handling, and technology. The dynamics, smoothness, and overall engaging drive of the CX-90 should be inherited by the CX-70.
The Mazda CX-70 would be bigger than the CX-60, which measures 186.8 inches in length, 74.4 inches in width, and 66.1 inches in height. Mazda calling the former a “wide body type” SUV indicates it will be wider than the latter, and we expect the length and height increments as well.
|Dimension\Measurement||Mazda CX-60 (Official)||Mazda CX-70 (Expected)|
|Length||186.8 in.||193 in.|
|Width||74.4 in.||76 in.|
|Height||66.1 in.||67 in.|
The CX-70 should come in gasoline and plug-in hybrid variants, with the former packing with the newly developed 3.3L turbocharged inline-six engine. The CX-70 plug-in hybrid will employ a modified version of the CX-5’s 2.5L Skyactiv-G four-cylinder direct injection gasoline engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and the i-Activ permanent AWD system. The electric motor/generator assisting the engine will likely be integrated into the transmission. The plug-in hybrid powertrain of the CX-70 may produce around 325 horsepower and around 370 lb.-ft. of torque.
Video Source: YouTube/Mazda Official Web
The traction battery pack powering the electric motor will likely be a 17.8 kWh lithium-ion unit positioned between the axles and as low as possible for a low center of gravity. It could provide an EPA-est. range of between 25 and 30 miles. The working of the plug-in hybrid system could be similar to the CX-60 PHEV, shown in the video above.
The CX-70 PHEV, thanks to its electric motor, should make city driving effortless, offering plenty of torque low down the range. The benefit of silent operation is unmissable, while the lack of a turbo should make the throttle response feel a bit sharper, and the build-up more linear.
In a conversation with Autoblog in January 2023, Jeff Guyton, the then-President and CEO of Mazda (North America), said that the CX-70 will arrive in 2023. The outlook Mazda (pdf) offered on May 13, 2022, suggested that the company is planning the CX-70’s launch in the second half of 2023. And as per Jonathan Sewell’s video, Mazda could unveil the CX-70 in Q3 2023 (July-September 2023), launch it in October or November 2023, and put cars in dealers in November or December 2023 as an MY2024 product.
On the American website, in a page titled ‘Upcoming Mazda Crossover SUVs,’ Mazda mentions that the CX-50 (introduced), CX-70, and CX-90 (out now) are coming to the U.S. by 2023. The company told Electrek that “in the U.S., we’re currently focused on electrifying our upcoming CX-90 and CX-70 that will debut this year,” when asked about the sales and availability of future models.
The CX-90 and CX-70 PHEV models coming next year will bring a level of performance above anything we’ve ever offered in Canada, along with electrified efficiency, and the craftsmanship our customers expect from Mazda.David Klan, President and CEO of Mazda Canada, on Nov 22, 2022
Mazda Australia’s Managing Director Vinesh Bhindi has confirmed (as reported in the aforementioned Wheels article) that the brand is weighing the CX-70 for the Australian market, though no specific timeline has been set so far.
Why the CX-70 won’t affect CX-50 or CX-5 sales
Mazda’s CX-70 crossover is unlikely to hurt sales of its smaller siblings, though there may be some pricing overlap. Where the CX-50 is an AWD crossover based on a traditional transverse layout, the CX-70 will feature a longitudinal engine. That makes it primarily a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, with different driving characteristics. Secondly, the CX-70 will offer plug-in hybrid power that would give it both a performance and fuel efficiency advantage. Lastly, the much larger dimensions should offer better comfort and luggage space. In short, customers who are on a budget may still opt for Mazda’s CX-5 even after the CX-70 hits dealerships.
Mazda’s premium push
The newly-appointed CEO of Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), Tom Donnelly, has put into action a ‘to-do list’ in a bid to push the brand upmarket, Automotive News reported on March 28, 2023. Mazda’s first step in this two-pronged approach is reliant upon the success of the all-new & flagship CX-90 SUV, with the CX-70 crossover being the other piece of the puzzle.
During his conversation with Automotive News, Donnelly stated that the multiphase plan involves the electrification of all Mazda models by the end of this decade. He also explained that customers who are not quite ready to commit to an all-electric car can still consider Mazda’s plug-in hybrid (PHEV) options as a viable alternative. However, will the CX-70 PHEV appeal to customers of the Chevrolet Blazer EV or the Ford Mustang Mach-E? We’ll soon know!
The Mazda CX-70 could build a reputation for its agility and driving pleasure as well as comfort, refinement, and reassurance of a premium SUV in the mid-size segment, thanks to its front-engine, rear-wheel drive architecture. Moreover, the availability of a plug-in hybrid system is sure to appeal to consumers who are interested in reducing running cost and their environmental impact, without having to compromise on performance.
Mazda CX-70 FAQs
What is the Mazda CX-70 release date?
The CX-70 is expected to go on sale in the U.S. towards the end of 2023, following a mid-year premiere.
What will be the Mazda CX-70 price?
The CX-70 plug-in hybrid could start at around USD 45,000.
Which models will be the Mazda CX-70 rivals?
The Mazda CX-70 PHEV will compete with Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV, Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, and Kia Sorento PHEV.
Featured image: TopElectricSUV’s rendering of the Mazda CX-70 SUV