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Mazda Unveils New CX-70 Plug-In Hybrid

A near-identical sibling to Mazda's CX-90, without the 3rd row of seats

Mazda today has dropped our first look at the CX-70, a (technically) new SUV that will join the CX-90 as the second plug-in hybrid in Mazda's lineup. We've placed technically in parenthesis here because this CX-70 is nearly identical to the CX-90, but reconfigures the rear cargo space to no longer include a 3rd row of seating, and instead offer new features like remote-folding rear seats and sub-trunk storage. The good news is, that makes the choice between the CX-70 and CX-90 pretty clear - if you don't need 3 rows of seating, the CX-70 is the answer.

While details are still slim on this new model, much can be surmised from the fact that the CX-70 and CX-90 share the same (optional) plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The CX-90 gets 26 miles of all-electric range, with 323 hp and 369 lb-ft or torque. We can assume this CX-70 registers the same or something very close to it.

Inside, the interior is inviting in typical Mazda fashion. Here Mazda's claim of creating an elegant-yet-sporty atmosphere comes through well, available with red Nappa leather and splashes of metallic trim.

This CX-70 offers new driver assistance features as well, including feature called "Unresponsive Driver Support" which will automatically decelerate and stop the vehicle if it detects the driver is unresponsive to escalating alerts. This is in addition to Mazda's Cruise & Traffic Support system. Mazda has also added Alexa for smart home integration.

No details yet on price or availability, but we expect it to be similar to the CX-90 again, which starts at just under $50,000.


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