Update: ‘Design’ section updated with a spy shot.
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.’ Here’s what you can expect from the future Mazda SUV:
Design & Interior
The CX-70, like the upcoming Mazda CX-90, will be a model designed and developed mainly for North America. Mazda has said 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.”
TFLcar reader Igor has shared spy pictures of what looks like a future Mazda SUV testing in the same part of Los Angeles where the CX-50 was snapped before its reveal. The mysterious model sits low and has a hunched rear, and as it looks longer than the CX-60, it could either be the CX-70 or CX-90. However, the prototype’s width suggests a higher likelihood of it being the CX-70. The CX-90, which will be a three-row model and replace the CX-9, should be noticeably wider than the CX-60, something we don’t observe in this test mule.
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. It will be available in gasoline and plug-in hybrid variants.
The CX-70 plug-in hybrid will likely 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 outlook Mazda (pdf) offered for FY2023 on May 13, 2022, suggested that it doesn’t plan to introduce the CX-70 in FY2023. We expect the company to launch the CX-70 in the U.S. between April and December 2023.
Mazda CX-70 FAQs
What is the Mazda CX-70 release date?
The CX-70 could go on sale in the U.S. between April and December 2023.
What will be the Mazda CX-70 price?
The CX-70 plug-in hybrid could start in the USD 40,000-45,000 range.
Featured image: Mazda