Mazda never tops the sales charts, but damn if this Japanese automaker’s vehicles aren’t a pleasure to drive and far more upscale than they have any right to be. Expanding its utility vehicle lineup, on Tuesday, the Hiroshima-based company unveiled the new 2025 CX-70, an SUV that, like other Mazdas, emphasizes dynamics and design.
Specifics about this utility vehicle are very scarce, but the CX-70 is based on Mazda’s large platform, which was engineered from the ground up with electrification in mind. This also means the vehicle should feature longitudinally mounted engines and rear-biased all-wheel-drive systems.
Unfortunately, no dimensions have been released, but this new Mazda looks like essentially a two-row version of the very lovely CX-90. Accordingly, the powertrains should also be the same. Expect an e-SkyActiv G 3.3-liter turbo inline-six with M-Hybrid Boost and the e-SkyActiv G PHEV (plug-in hybrid) to be on the menu. No output figures have been shared, but in the CX-90, the inline-six delivers up to 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque when you put premium fuel in the tank. In comparison, the PHEV is built around a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that’s augmented by a 68-kilowatt electric motor. Combined, that setup delivers 323 hp, 369 lb-ft and likely around 25 miles of electric-only range. An eight-speed automatic transmission will handle all shifting duties.
As seen in photos, the CX-70 wears clean, elegant styling and has a generous dash-to-axle measurement, which provides a stance that makes the vehicle look ready to pounce. Inside, Nappa leather is available, and you’ll be able to get this Mazda with 21-inch wheels.
Inside and out, the 2025 CX-70 looks like a two-row version of the CX-90. Without seeing this SUV in person it’s hard to tell, but it sure seems like the two nameplates also have the same exterior dimensions, which is kind of lame. Why Mazda is giving this SUV a totally new name is unusual — and rather unwarranted. To avoid confusing drivers, this should probably just be a different trim level of CX-90, rather than something different.
According to Mazda, the CX-70 is expected to arrive this spring, though no pricing information has been released. For reference, the CX-90 starts around $41,000 including destination fees, and the CX-70 will probably be quite similar.