Mazda CX-7 (2007)
Wednesday, March 11th 2009
The all-new Mazda CX-7 is the first of three Mazda vehicles that are being designed and engineered specifically for the North American market.
Mazda’s new five-seat CX-7 is a refreshing departure from the fleet of traditional SUV’s currently plying American roads. Produced on entirely Mazda-derived platform architecture, Mazda CX-7 embodies an astute blend of sports car verve and SUV practicality, resulting in a fun-to-drive SUV with Mazda’s trademark “Soul of a Sportscar”. It is a vehicle that brings together performance and design like never before. The Mazda CX-7 is just right for adventurous couples driven by the urge for discovery.
“The North American market continues to play a pivotal role in Mazda Motor Corporation’s global future,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. “Vehicles such as CX-7 and others in the pipeline, designed and engineered specifically for the North American market, will make Mazda an important and influential force in the industry. This vehicle represents everything a Mazda SUV should be: powerful, great styling, detailed craftsmanship and fun to drive. Mazda at its finest”.
The distinctive exterior design of the Mazda CX-7 is an extension of the sports car motif from the 2005 MX-Crossport concept and the RX-01 concept introduced in 1995 and carries over much of the strong styling emotion brought on by Mazda’s current RX-8 sports car as well. Prominent front fenders, A-pillars rooted at the body’s leading edge, and Mazda’s signature five-pointed grille clearly register this new model as a Mazda. The eighteen-inch aluminum wheels and tires proclaim Mazda CX-7’s Zoom-Zoom intentions and immediately signal that this is a vehicle built for drivers.
An interior design, also previewed by the MX-Crossport concept, fulfills every car enthusiast’s innate desire to jump in and drive. The three-dial instrument cluster, sports car inspired high-mounted shifter, and firm-fitting front bucket seats are configured for spirited motoring. The instrument panel consists of a unique ‘double-roof’ structure, in which a small ‘roof’ over the meter cluster is positioned just in front of a large ‘roof’ that extends across the entire instrument panel. The 60-40 split rear seat accommodates three people in comfort and quickly converts to an extension of the 29.9-cu. ft. cargo hold, bringing capacity up to 58.6-cu. ft. The 39-inch-long rear compartment (seats up) offers more stowage space than some larger SUVs.
Matching the sporty appearance is Mazda CX-7’s powerful and dynamic performance. Mazda CX-7 is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled 2.3-liter four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine that produces a hearty 244 horsepower at 5,000 rpm. While key powertrain features are shared with the recently launched MAZDASPEED6, the Mazda CX-7 is exclusively tuned to deliver 258 lb-ft of torque at a remarkably low 2,500 rpm for healthy throttle response. With Mazda’s six-speed Sport AT transmission and at least 99-percent of the maximum torque available all the way to 5,000 rpm where peak horsepower is delivered, Mazda CX-7 performs as if there’s an engine twice the size under the hood. Furthermore, the Mazda CX-7 is estimated to deliver over 23 mpg in combined driving.
A sturdy unitized body structure, fully independent suspension, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with standard four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS), underlie Mazda CX-7’s athletic road manners. Customers may select the driveline best suited to their needs: Front-Wheel Drive or Mazda’s Active Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive. With Active Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive, a computer controlled coupling feeds up to 50-percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels for exceptional handling whether the driving conditions are dry and fast or slippery and paced.