Mazda was supposed to launch the CX-70 before the end of this year, but it changed its mind and decided to release the new SUV at some point next year. In October, the company hinted the engine range might mirror that of the CX-90, and now we have stronger evidence that this could be the case.
Filings with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), first unearthed by AutoGuide, reveal the CX-70 will be offered with the same powertrains as its larger brother. This move makes sense considering the CX-70 will ride on the same platform that underpins the CX-90. The main difference between the two will be the number of seats – whereas the CX-90 has seven, the CX-70 will have a two-row layout.
Gallery: 2024 Mazda CX-90
The seven-seat SUV is sold with a 3.3-liter electrified inline-six engine generating 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. There’s also a 2.5-liter plug-in hybrid engine with 323 hp and 369 lb-ft of twist. All-wheel drive is standard for both engines and the CARB documents suggest the same will also apply to the CX-70.
Mazda has yet to confirm the launch date of the CX-70 in the United States. The model is expected to become an integral part of the brand’s lineup as it aims to deliver around 500,000 vehicles in the country by the middle of the decade. For 2023, the plan is for 350,000 cars to be sold in the US.