Upcoming Mazda CX-70 to Share Powertrains With CX-90

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

In what may be described as a ‘sky is blue’ moment, eagle-eyed fans of the Mazda brand have uncovered some filings with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) indicating the snazzy new CX-70 is going to share greasy bits with the tony CX-90.

For those not in the know, Mazda is readying the CX-70 to serve as a two-row option sold alongside the three-row CX-90. Platform guts will be shared, albeit altered and shortened to make a more appropriate footprint; in other words, Mazda isn’t just ripping the back seats out of a CX-90 and calling it a day. Buyers can expect plenty of luxury in this machine, thanks to the brand’s continuing upmarket aspirations. 

As for what will be under the hood, a trio of engines show up on the CARB filing, all of which align rather neatly with the big-bro CX-90 catalog: two flavors of 3.3L mills appended with hybrid gubbins plus a 2.5L plug-in hybrid unit. Alert readers will recall the former is of a silky inline-six configuration, a piston placement which has the double benefit of generally operating like butter and forcing a pleasing dash-to-axle ratio. In the CX-90, it helps cut a rear-wheel drive type of figure, helping make the car one of the most handsome options in its segment. Expect the same for its smaller CX-70 brother.

The CX-90 comes equipped with all-wheel drive and it is likely the CX-70 will, as well. In terms of power, the standard strength models get 280 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of twist from the 3.3L turbo engine while the high output trims, denoted with an S, are good for 340 ponies and 369 torques. It’s worth noting Mazda says the non-S runs just fine on regular grade gasoline but the hi-po unit prefers to swill premium. For its part, the PHEV delivers 323 horses and 369 lb-ft. It can tow 3,500 pounds compared to the gasser’s 5k and once again runs best on premium fuel.

Smart money has the Mazda CX-70 showing up in the 2024 calendar year.  

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Urlik Urlik on Dec 20, 2023

    Not really news since this has been known for a while. They waited too long on the CX-70, wife couldn’t wait to replace her CX-7 any longer and got a Lexus RX350.

    • Daniel J Daniel J on Dec 21, 2023

      The problem is the rx350 seems too pricey for what it is. Saw a new one and thought the interior was quite pedestrian.

  • NJRide NJRide on Dec 21, 2023

    Was odd they killed the 7 it was stylish and very much right size. I don't see too many anymore wonder if they had a high early death

    • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on Dec 21, 2023

      It's safe to say they did not age well. The ones still chugging along seem to have seen better days. Yellowed headlight covers, frosted taillights, bad paint - at least the exteriors are resembling a NYC taxi. I thought their powertrains stayed strong - it was their exteriors that took a beating.

  • Golden2husky Have to say he did an excellent job on the C7, especially considering the limited budget he was given. I am very happy with my purchase.
  • Marty The problem isn't range; it's lack of electricity in multi-unit building parking. All you need is level 1 - a standard 120v wall socket - and if you're plugged in 10 hours overnight you get 280 miles per week or more. That's enough for most folks but you can use public charging to supplement when needed. Installing conduit circuits and outlets is simple and cheap; no charge stations needed.
  • 2manyvettes Tadge was at the Corvette Corral at the Rolex 24 hour sports car race at the end of January 2023. During the Q&A after his remarks someone stood up and told him "I will never buy an electric Corvette." His response? "I will never sell you an electric Corvette." Take that Fwiw.
  • Socrates77 They're pinching pennies for the investors like always, greed has turned GM into a joke of an old corporate American greed.
  • Analoggrotto looking at this takes me right back to the year when “CD-ROM” first entered public lexicon