Mazda is definitely enjoying the success of its products in the automotive industry. The Japanese company had a short slowdown in the US market. But, with the latest generations of crossovers and SUVs, the image is not only restored, but the carmaker became a serious contender to much bigger rivals. The expansion of the lineup is coming, with the 2023 Mazda CX-70 coming out next season.
We already wrote about a potential return of the CX-7 nameplate. The latest information from insiders reports the company is going to bring a new crossover SUV like the 2023 Mazda CX-70. It has sense, with the CX-30 and CX-50 already available, as upgrades to CX-3 and CX-5.
The new model brings a lot of novelties. First of all, the CX-70 is about to introduce an inline-size engine. Plus, there should be a plug-in hybrid system available. The CX-70 takes the position in the mid-size class and it won’t offer the third row. Sources claim that the upcoming SUV is more luxurious than existing vehicles. Still, we don’t know if it is going to belong to the luxury class.
Six-Cylinder Engine Debuts on 2023 Mazda CX-70
We mentioned the company’s big comeback. One of the main reasons why fans love Mazda so much is the SkyActiv technology. Drivetrains are efficient and reliable. The system combines the best of petrol and diesel world. So, gasoline units return excellent mileage, while oil burners are not polluting as much as other diesel engines. But, it was evident that the CX-9, the biggest SUV in the family, lacks power. The best a 2.5-liter turbo-four could do is 250 horsepower, with the required premium fuel. That is why engineers are working on an upgrade.
In a matter of fact, the company is launching a couple of six-pot engines. Nevertheless, a diesel unit is not coming to the US. A 3.0-liter petrol mill is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Also, the system features mild-hybrid support to boost power and gas mileage. According to insider info, the powerplant is producing around 300 horsepower. For example, an all-new CX-60 can make 330 hp thanks to the PHEV system. Fuel consumption should be at the same level as a turbo-four. A 3.3-liter e-SkyActiv D is upgrading its predecessor in every way.
Plug-in Hybrid Evolution Has Started
The 2023 Mazda CX-70 will probably get a plug-in hybrid system, introduced for the all-new CX-60. The vehicle is not available in the US, so the PHEV comes to North America with the new SUV. A well-known 2.5-liter turbo-four is the main source of power. It gets support from a 100-kW motor, for a total output of 322 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed gearbox is a power router that sends energy to all wheels. It seems more than enough for the CX-70, especially if the gas mileage can make the SUV more competitive. Anyway, the PHEV promises electric driving, and the range should be around 35 miles. The CX-60 returns 39 miles, but it is going to be a smaller vehicle.
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When Will 2023 Mazda CX-70 Be Available?
At this point, we know that company is planning the expansion of the lineup. Rumors about the CX-7 are out for a while. But, the 2023 Mazda CX-70 is a new model and it seems to be more likely to happen. In Europe, the SUV will be available as the CX-80. Mazda already produces CX-8, but the nameplate is reserved only for its homeland.
Experts assume the 2023 Mazda CX-70 should be presented by the end of this season if a company wants it at dealerships as 2023 YM. Still, it seems that Mazda is not rushing, so the concept could be introduced next year. The release date depends on the development of the PHEV system and I6 engine, key upgrades for the new SUV.
The CX-70 is about to take the position between the CX-50 and CX-9. However, the base offer is going to be more premium than anything else we can find in the lineup. Upscale materials and a more potent engine could make is a luxury vehicle, a rival to the likes of Lexus RX or Acura MDX. Even if bosses decided to slow down a bit and make the entry-level of the 2023 Mazda CX-70 more affordable, the company has a lot to offer through optional trim levels. Signature and Touring versions currently hold the best the Japanese carmaker has to offer, including a premium audio system and leather seats.