Mazda CX-7

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Mazda CX-7
2006-2009 Mazda CX-7 (ER) Classic wagon (2010-06-17) 01.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Mazda
Production February 20, 2006–August 2012[1]
Assembly Hiroshima, Japan (Hiroshima Plant)
Designer Koizumi Iwao (2003)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size crossover SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine 2.3 L MZR turbocharged I4
2.5L MZR I4
2.2L Diesel I4
Transmission 6-speed F21 automatic
5-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 108.3 in (2750 mm)
Length 2007-09: 184.1 in (4,676 mm)
2010-: 184.3 in (4,681 mm)
Width 73.7 in (1,872 mm)
Height 64.8 in (1,646 mm)
Curb weight 3,929 lb (1,782 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor Mazda Tribute (In Japan)
Successor Mazda CX-5 (In USA)

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.

Though outwardly similar, the CX-7 and the Mazda CX-9 do not share platforms.[2] The CX-7 shares the front suspension of the Mazda MPV minivan and the rear suspension from the Mazda5. It shares its turbocharged inline-4 engine with the Mazdaspeed6 and uses a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Sales of the CX-7 were mediocre, as it slotted between the sizes of compact and midsize crossovers, so it was not competitive in either category, plus the turbocharged model had poor fuel economy. The 2012 model year was the last year for the CX-7 to make way for the release of the CX-5. The CX-5 has a more efficient powertrain and more interior room, while its exterior is smaller than the CX-7.[3][4][5]

Specifications[edit]

Engine and transmission[edit]

Mazda CX-7 (Japan)

Power comes from the same 2.3 L straight-4 MZR engine used in the Mazdaspeed3 and Mazdaspeed6 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 lb·ft (350 N·m) of torque at a low 2500 rpm, 99% of the maximum torque is available to 5000 rpm.

The MZR 2.3L DISI turbo engine found in the Mazdaspeed3 and Mazdaspeed6 has been retuned in the North American-Spec CX-7 to deliver torque at a lower rpm for less turbo lag off the line, at the cost of power. This was achieved thanks to a redesigned, smaller K04 turbocharger. UK-Spec CX-7's feature the same, larger K04 turbocharger and transmission found in the Mazdaspeed line.

Model range, prices and features[edit]

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 Australian combined cycle official fuel economy is 11.5 L/100 km (25 mpg-imp; 20.5 mpg-US), similar to the Holden Captiva.[6][7] But real-world fuel economy is nearer to 18.0 L/100 km (15.7 mpg-imp; 13.1 mpg-US), as much or more than the Ford Territory.[7][8]

2006–2009 Mazda CX-7 (ER) Classic (Australia)

As of the 2010 model, there are four trim levels (model):

  • iSV is the base version
  • iSport is the next version
  • sTouring is the upscale version
  • sGrand Touring is the top version
  • Only Touring and Grand Touring models are available with All-Wheel Drive and only these two trims are offered with the 2.3L turbocharged engines while the SV and Sport trims come with a 2.5L MZR naturally aspirated DOHC four-cylinder.

Canadian models:

  • GS Front-Wheel Drive
  • GS All-Wheel Drive
  • GT Front-Wheel Drive
  • GT All-Wheel Drive

Australian models (AWD only):

  • "CX-7 Classic" Base trim
  • "CX-7 Luxury" Top trim

2010 update[edit]

2010 Mazda CX-7 i Sport (US)

This is an update to the original. The exterior design features revised front and rear fascias with the front adopting the larger five-point grille design similar in appearance to the recently redesigned RX-8, MX-5 and Mazda3/Axela. The new interior features redesigned gauges with blackout meters that feature three-dimensional dials, a 3.5 inch super-twisted nematic (STN) monochrome and 4.1-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) colour Multi Information Display (MID), (positioned at the top of the instrument panel), Bluetooth compatibility, and a Blind Spot Monitoring System.

The car was unveiled at the 2009 Canadian International Auto Show.[9][10]

The diesel version now includes a manual transmission, and has been on sale in Europe since 2009.[11]

Offroad Capabilities[edit]

While officially classed as a 'Mid-size crossover SUV', the Mazda CX-7 is considered as a 'Soft-Roader' by [12] automotive sources. The CX-7 features an active torque-split four wheel drive system which sends up to 50% of the torque to the rear wheels on a slippery surface to ensure a consistency of grip. Coupled with a high performance engine the CX-7 is a surprisingly capable off-road vehicle.

Engine[edit]

Model Years Type Power, torque@rpm
US models
CX-7 i 2009- 2,488 cc (2.488 L; 151.8 cu in) I4 161 bhp (120 kW)@6000, 161 lb·ft (218 N·m)@3500
CX-7 s 2009- 2,260 cc (2.26 L; 138 cu in) I4 turbo 244 bhp (182 kW)@5000, 258 lb·ft (350 N·m)@2500
UK models
2.2 MZR-CD Turbo Diesel 2009- 2,183 cc (2.183 L; 133.2 cu in) I4 turbo-diesel 170 bhp (130 kW)@3500, 295 lb·ft (400 N·m)@2000
Australian models
Classic 2009- 2,488 cc (2.488 L; 151.8 cu in) I4 161 bhp (120 kW)@6000, 161 lb·ft (218 N·m)@3500
Classic Sports 2009- 2,260 cc (2.26 L; 138 cu in) I4 turbo 235 bhp (175 kW)@5000, 258 lb·ft (350 N·m)@2500
Luxury Sports 2009- 2,260 cc (2.26 L; 138 cu in) I4 turbo 235 bhp (175 kW)@5000, 258 lb·ft (350 N·m)@2500
Diesel Sports 2009- 2,183 cc (2.183 L; 133.2 cu in) I4 turbo-diesel 170 bhp (130 kW)@3500, 295 lb·ft (400 N·m)@2000
Japanese models
2.3 MZR DISI Turbo 2009- 2,260 cc (2.26 L; 138 cu in) I4 turbo 244 bhp (182 kW)@5000, 258 lb·ft (350 N·m)@2500

Engine choices include 2.5-litre MZR 4-cylinder engine that produces 161 hp (120 kW) and 161 lb·ft (218 N·m) of torque and the same MZR 2.3L DISI Turbo engine from before. Transmission is a 5-speed automatic for the 2.5 and a 6-speed automatic for the 2.3 DISI Turbo engine.

Name origin[edit]

The CX-7 reminds one of the name RX-7, (which was a sports car that was discontinued and replaced by RX-8), but the first letter, 'R' ('R' means rotary engine), was changed to 'C' ('C' means crossover SUV)[citation needed].

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mazda CX-7 discontinued". Worldcarfans.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  2. ^ "2008 Mazda CX-9 Reviews, Expert Car Reviews on AOL Autos". Autos.aol.com. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  3. ^ September 2012 BY K.C. COLWELL PHOTOGRAPHY BY A.J. MUELLER. "2013 Ford Escape SEL 4WD vs. 2012 Honda CR-V EX-L AWD, 2012 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD, 2012 Kia Sportage EX AWD, 2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD, 2012 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4x4 Comparison Tests - Page 7". Car and Driver. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  4. ^ August 2011 BY DON SHERMAN. "2013 Mazda CX-5 First Drive – Review – Car and Driver". Caranddriver.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  5. ^ "Mazda replacing CX-7 with smaller CX-5". Content.usatoday.com. 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
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  7. ^ a b "Mazda CX-7 - www.drive.com.au". Drive.com.au. 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  8. ^ Joshua Dowling. "Fast four Falcon tipped". Carpoint. 
  9. ^ Paukert, Chris (2009-02-14). "2010 Mazda CX-7 debuts with refreshed look and new four-cylinder in... Toronto?". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  10. ^ "Refreshed 2010 Mazda CX-7 receives new engine". Blackriverpost.com. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  11. ^ Korzeniewski, Jeremy (2009-03-17). "Mazda launches 2009 CX-7 in Europe with urea selective catalytic reduction system". Autobloggreen.com. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  12. ^ some "Mazda CX-7 Estate 2007 - Present". www.yourdriving.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

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