Mazda CX-7 (2007–2012)
CX-7 First Shown
The CX-7 was first shown at the Detroit Show but was designed at Mazda’s main design studio in Hiroshima, Japan. It's designed as crssover-type sport-utility vehicle with short front and rear overhangs plus a relatively long wheelbase. The European version was launched at the Paris International Motor Show in September 2006 and features a six-speed manual transmission plus a power output of 260HP and 380Nm of torque from the 2.3-litre turbocharged engine.
Top speed tests were conducted on Germany’s autobahns, along with maximum speed limiter control and high-speed acceleration and handling and roadholding tests at Nürburgring’s Nordschleife. Front cross members and members placed on the transmission tunnel were made thicker, as were the front suspension towers.
The CX-7 was facelifted in 2009 and a diesel engine was added. The facelifted version has an enhanced design to give it a more premium identity inside and out, along with new technologies that make it even more affordable and fun to drive.
The engine is now the next-generation MZR-CD 2.2-litre turbo diesel common-rail engine delivering a powerful 173PS and 400Nm of maximum torque, with a new selective catalytic reduction system – the first ever on a Mazda vehicle. Combined fuel economy is 37.7mpg with CO2 emissions of 199g/km and this diesel replaced the MZR 2.3-litre DISI turbo petrol engine.
Inside, the facelifted CX-7 adds a new compact navigation system with a high-resolution screen, a new Rear Vehicle Monitoring system and an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) for further active safety. There are several new chassis updates for enhanced handling and steering that include a stiffer bodyshell and new dampers. It also inherits Mazda’s torque-split All-wheel Drive (AWD) system, for superior traction in all on-road situations.