Mazda CX-7 SUV

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The CX-7 is a mid-size crossover SUV model from Mazda, the production version of the MX-Crossport concept car. The CX-7 is built in Hiroshima, Japan, starting in early 2006. The CX-7 was shown publicly for the first time at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show in January. Production officially began on February 20 at Mazda’s Ujina#2 factory in Hiroshima. The CX-7 went on sale in spring 2006 as a 2007 model. It is also Mazda’s first mid-size SUV since the Navajo was discontinued in 1994.

The CX-7 receives an all-new platform instead of sharing the Ford/Mazda CD3 platform used by the larger Mazda CX-9/Ford Edge/Lincoln MKX crossovers as well as the Mazda6. It uses the front suspension of the Mazda MPV minivan, with the rear suspension from the Mazda5. Many of the all wheel drive components come from the Mazdaspeed 6. It shares its turbocharged engine with the Mazdaspeed6. Its using either a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. The CX-7 currently slots between the Tribute and the CX-9.

* 1 Engine and transmission
* 2 Model range, prices and features
* 3 Availability
* 4 Notes
* 5 External links

Engine and transmission

Power comes from the same 2.3 L straight-4 MZR engine used in the Mazdaspeed 3 and Mazdaspeed 6 coupled with a 6 speed Aisin automatic transmission, and tuned to produce 244 hp or 182 kW (Australian model 175 kW) at 5000 RPM and 258 ft·lbf (350 N·m) of torque at a low 2500 rpm, 99% of the maximum torque is available to 5000 rpm.

The European version is available with a six speed manual transmission which allows it to utilise all 274 hp (204 kW) of the same engine.

Model range, prices and features,

The CX-7 features fully independent suspension, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with standard anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control, and a choice of either front wheel drive or Mazda’s Active Torque-Split all wheel drive system. With the Active Torque-Split system, two computer-controlled magnetic clutches feed up to 50% of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels. The Mazda CX-7 is estimated to deliver over 23 mpg (10.2 L/100 km) in combined driving. Mazda Australia claims a combined figure of 11.5 L/100 km.

There are three trim levels (model):

* Sport is the base version, priced from US$24,385
* Touring is the upscale version, priced from US$26,135
* Grand Touring is the top version, priced from US$26,935
* All models are available with All-Wheel Drive

Australian models (AWD only) pricing:

* “CX-7 Classic” Base trim starts at AUD $39,910
* “CX-7 Luxury” Top trim starts at AUD $45,560

Canadian models and pricing:

* GS Front-Wheel Drive – $32,095 CDN
* GS All-Wheel Drive – $34,095 CDN
* GT Front-Wheel Drive – $35,295 CDN
* GT All-Wheel Drive – $37,295 CDN

Availability

The CX-7 is currently available in

Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom;

United States, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela;

Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Singapore;

South Africa.

Scribbled on January 3rd 2009 in Mazda, Mazda CX-7, Pictures
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