|Production||February 20, 2006–August 2012|
|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|
|Engine||2.3 L MZR turbocharged I4
2.5L MZR I4
2.2L Diesel I4
|Transmission||6-speed F21 automatic
|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)|
|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. 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 will be 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.
Engine and transmission
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 KO4 turbocharger. UK-Spec CX-7's feature the same, larger KO4 turbocharger and transmission found in the Mazdaspeed line.
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 Australian combined cycle official fuel economy is 11.5 L/100 km (25 mpg-imp; 20.5 mpg-US), similar to the Holden Captiva. 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
While officially classed as a 'Mid-size crossover SUV', the Mazda CX-7 is considered as a 'Soft-Roader' by  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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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.
The CX-7 reused 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).
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- MazdaUSA CX-7 official site
- Official UK CX-7 campaign site
- Official UK website model page
- Unofficial Mazda CX-7 Resource Library
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