Wednesday 18 February 2009

New Car: 2010 Mazda CX-7 facelift

The 2010 Mazda CX-7 facelift made its worldwide debut at the Canadian International motorshow in Toronto. Mazda's updated CX-7 also gets a new base engine choice: a 2.5 litre 4 cylinder petrol that generates 161bhp and 161 ft-lb of torque.

This is the same engine in the 2010 model-year builds of the Mazda3 and Mazda6, and it is substantially less powerful compared to the 244bhp turbocharged 2.3 litre also available for the outgoing Mazda CX-7. The vehicles come as an automatic, with the low-powered engine getting a 5 speed transmission, and a 6 speed version available for the stronger model. Fuel economy was an issue with the 2.3 litre engine, and Mazda looked to broaden interest by offering the more fuel efficient, smaller 4 cylinder. MPG numbers are not yet available.

Mazda's competition in this crossover segment includes the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue/X-Trail, Ford Kuga and Subaru Forester. To stay competitive, the front-wheel-drive system can be upgraded to all-wheel-drive at an additional cost.

New exterior touches include a redesigned front bumper that almost looks like a sarcastic grin. Only minor revisions are seen at the back. Inside, the crossover gets a new steering wheel, new instrument panel and 4.1-inch color TFT display screen, and new vents. One report has printed a Mazda claim that the new CX-7 has a more rigid chassis, with added sound proofing to reduce road and wind noise. Mazda has also added driver-side seat memory, and Bluetooth. A blind spot warning system is also available as an option.

The revised CX-7 should hit showroom floors this Summer. Pricing is not yet available for the vehicle. European sales will start in Winter. A 2.2 litre diesel, borrowed from the European Mazda6, should also be available.

Press Release:

2010 Mazda CX-7 2.5 Litre makes its Canadian premiere at the Canadian International Auto Show

Refreshed 2009 Mazda MX-5 also to debut as well

(Toronto, ON): Two Mazdas will make their Canadian debut at the 2009 Canadian International AutoShow. The first is the 2010 Mazda CX-7, which receives a new engine option: a 161 horsepower, naturally aspirated 2.5 litre four-cylinder that is also found under the hood of the 2009 Mazda6 and 2010 Mazda3. The second is the refreshed 2009 Mazda MX-5, which receives updated styling in addition to engineering and equipment upgrades. Mazda's stand will also include the redesigned 2010 Mazda3, in both 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback body styles.

2010 Mazda CX-7For the 2010 model year the CX-7 is the recipient of an exterior and interior styling refresh to complement a host of engineering refinements. Leading the way is a new engine option. Making its first appearance under the hood of the CX-7 is Mazda's all-new naturally aspirated DOHC 16-valve 2.5 litre MZR four-cylinder that produces 161 horsepower at 6000rpm and offers maximum torque of 161 lb-ft at 3500rpm. It is available with Front-Wheel Drive coupled to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Continuing as the top engine option is the familiar MZR 2.3L DISI Turbo (direct injection DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder) engine. Output remains the same, 244 horsepower at 5,000 rpm with 258 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm.

A theme of refinement carries over to the 2010 CX-7's Mazda-derived platform architecture by incorporating improvements in body rigidity, lower noise, vibration & harshness (NVH) levels as well as reduced wind noise. The exterior design of the 2010 CX-7 features revised front and rear fascias with the front adopting the larger five-point grille design similar in appearance to recently redesigned RX-8, MX-5 and Mazda3.

On the inside the 2010 CX-7 receives higher quality materials, a new design for the gauges including blackout meters that feature three-dimensional dials and 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 to provide the driver with enhanced information. Bluetooth compatibility provides a wireless connection for Bluetooth compatible mobile phones and portable audio devices. The front seats gain a three-position memory function for the driver's seat and a power adjustable recliner for the passenger's seat. A Blind Spot Monitoring System, similar to the one found on the Mazda6 & CX-9 is now available to assist the driver in avoiding collisions with other vehicles when changing lanes or merging with traffic.

Final specifications, pricing, trim levels and options will be announced at a later date closer to when the 2010 CX-7 goes on sale.

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