2022 Mazda CX-70: Model Preview & Release Date

Sarah Willis
Contributing Writer - October 19, 2022
2021 Mazda CX-5

Model Preview

Mazda is making an addition to its Large Products group with the announcement of the CX-70. One of the new SUVs the automaker is releasing in the U.S., alongside the CX-50 and CX-90, the CX-70 is part of Mazda’s expansion in this growing segment with the hopes of giving customers a great driving experience combined with environmental awareness.

Claiming to have made the CX-70 with North American preferences in mind, Mazda gave this SUV two-row seating and a wide-body style that is better suited to the bigger road presence that is sought after. This is unlike the CX-60 and CX-80 which Mazda will release in Japan and Europe, both of which have slimmer body styles to accommodate the smaller roads there.

Mazda has stated that the CX-70 will be getting the same powertrain options as the CX-60, which is not going to be released in the U.S. market, but it will be tuned differently. What we know of the CX-60's powertrain is that it has a few different options.

One is a 3.3-liter inline-six engine that rates at either 251 or 280 horsepower and 404 or 331 pound-feet of torque depending on whether it runs on gas or diesel. There is also a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine paired with an electric motor that makes 323 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

While those numbers don't seem particularly impressive, it could be due to regulations within the market the vehicle is sold in. Once this powertrain is under the hood of the CX-70, and potentially the CX-90 as well, the numbers may come out higher since the tuning will be different.

No new details have been given about any updates to safety features or technology, but Mazda has confirmed that they do plan to keep upgrading the CX-5 and installing the latest safety and tech features into it. If that is the case, then we should be able to expect some very modern touches and upgrades in this midsize crossover SUV.

Pricing & Release Date

While the CX-50 may be starting production in January of 2022, the CX-70’s release date hasn’t been set in stone yet. We know Mazda plans to have all their new vehicles introduced in 2022 and 2023, but the releases are going to be staggered and so we can’t say for certain when this model will come out.

Just like the release date, the price range has not been given for the CX-70. It’s very likely to be more expensive than the current CX-5 model, which goes up to $38,505, but that’s about all we know.

As so much of this vehicle is still unknown, we can’t be sure what other models will be the biggest competitors, but some likely contenders could be the Ford Edge, GMC Acadia, Honda Passport, and Kia Sorento.

Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

Pictured: 2021 Mazda CX-5

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