Mazda has revealed yet another large SUV based on its ‘Large Product Group’ platform to fit underneath the CX-90 but above the CX-60. Due on sale in Australia in late 2024, the 2025 Mazda CX-70 was revealed in the US overnight and is the third member of the Mazda family to use the brand’s new platform and its six-cylinder engines, in both petrol and diesel forms for Australia. Stylistically quite similar to the CX-90 – but with different bumpers for a sportier look – the CX-70 features five seats and is positioned as a sportier alternative to the 90.
Commenting on the introduction of this key model, Vinesh Bhindi, Managing Director of Mazda Australia, said: “As we continue to advance our product range with a host of cutting-edge products, the Mazda CX-70 represents yet another milestone for our brand – offering the hallmarks of the now well-established Mazda Premium philosophy that shines brightly in the CX-60 and CX-90, but with a distinct focus on pursuing an active and fulfilling lifestyle.
“The CX-70 is a unique expression of our customers’ interests and stands out on its own as a highly compelling option, facilitating new life experiences and rewarding those wanting to experience the joy of driving. It also offers a wider breadth of choice within our Large Product range, skillfully meeting the diverse needs of our market.”
Positioned as a sportier five-seat version of the CX-90, the CX-70 is visually almost identical to its likely more expensive sibling but with different bumpers, lighting units and wheels. Mazda is yet to announce dimensions for the 2025 Mazda CX-70, but it appears to be quite similar to the CX-90, which measures 5,120mm in length, 1,994mm in width, 1,745mm in height and rides on a 3,120mm long wheelbase. The CX-90’s boot measures 608-litres with the third row folded and we expect the 70’s to be larger due to the removal of the third row of seating.
The dashboard of the 2025 Mazda CX-70 appears to be largely identical to the CX-60 and CX-90, with a widescreen 12.3-inch infotainment screen and a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display featuring prominently. The CX-70 shows off a new burgundy red interior colour option that its siblings don’t feature, highlighting its sportier attitude. Otherwise, features like tri-zone climate control, Bose audio, Nappa leather upholstery and multiple USB-C ports all feature from the CX-90.
Under the bonnet of the 2024 Mazda CX-70 are the same drivetrains as the CX-90: a 254kW/500Nm 3.3-litre turbocharged inline six petrol engine or a 187kW/550Nm diesel of the same capacity. Both drivetrains will be mated to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard. Mazda USA has confirmed that the 241kW/500Nm 2.5-litre plug-in hybrid drivetrain that’s used locally in the CX-60 – and confirmed for the CX-90 later this year – will join the CX-70 range as well, potentially pointing to a future Australian debut.
The 2025 Mazda CX-70 debuts a few new features for the Mazda brand that we expect to spread to other Mazda products in the future. The first of which is ‘Unresponsive Driver Support’ functionality for the active lane guidance system, which operates in a similar way to the Volkswagen Group’s Emergency Assist function by gradually slowing the vehicle down to a stop if the driver becomes unresponsive. The CX-70 also features a new trailer view monitor in the 360-degree camera for its 2,500kg braked trailer towing ability, power-folding rear seats, as well as a sectioned under-floor boot storage area.
Mazda Australia has confirmed that the 2025 Mazda CX-70 will go on sale in Australia in late 2024 with local pricing and specifications to be confirmed before then. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.