Mazda continues to grow its crossover line-up with the 2025 CX-70, a mid-size crossover that is the fourth vehicle in their North American line-up to adopt the “0” nomenclature after the CX-30, CX-50 and CX-90. This is the first time we’ve seen the new crossover after production delays forced Mazda to delay its release, originally slated for 2023.
Like the CX-90, the CX-70 gets what Mazda calls its “large platform” with two distinct powertrains: a 3.3-litre turbocharged inline-6 unit with mild hybrid tech, and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) that couples a 2.5L four-cylinder with an electric motor to allow for full electric driving. They haven’t issued any claims as to how long you’ll be able to make use of full-EV power, but if the CX-90 is any indication look for a range of about 40 km ad possibly more as the CX-70 is smaller and lighter than the 90.
Styling-wise, the CX-70 maintains the long hood, cab rearwards profile of its larger sibling, providing an almost grand touring-esque vibe to the proceedings. While it may be tough to see on darker cars, a number of black accents have been sprinkled throughout the exterior and there are also available dark 21-inch wheels with a machine cut finish.
Inside, there’s more of the same when it comes to the CX-70 with high quality plastics, metals and fabrics including available red Nappa leather inspired by the 100th anniversary edition of the MX-5 sports car from 2021. New to Mazda and debuting in the CX-70 are remote-folding rear seats, enlarged “sub-trunk” storage that allows occupants to store their wares out of sight below the cargo floor. Other storage includes supplementary compartments throughout the cargo area. There’s also Amazon Alexa support and new electronic driver aids that will automatically apply the brakes all the way to stop if the driver is deemed to unresponsive to audible warnings.
It may seem strange to compare a family-moving AWD crossover with a RWD sports car, but one of the hallmarks of the large platform is its RWD-bias, making for a more involved drive. Having experienced the CX-90 before and seen what that vehicle can do on the twisty, undulating roads in Northern California, we’re sure that the smaller CX-70 will feel more nimble and ready to make full use of that RWD bias.
Look for range and power figures as well as pricing for the 2025 Mazda CX-70 later this year.