The European premiere of the new Mazda CX-7 was held at the Paris International Motor Show 2006.
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Unusual body design, excellent interior and breathtaking dynamic characteristics make the Mazda CX-7 a car that challenges the established canons. The model is built on a modernized all-wheel drive platform Mazda6.
Large, low air intake - helps cool the powerful DISI engine (Direct Injection Spark Ignition). The grille flows smoothly into the hood, creating a continuity of lines. The shape of the front wings of the car is a bit like a Mazda RX-8. The windshield is at an acute angle, behind the rear doors are the side rear windows that taper sharply at the rear. This combination of rear-mounted windshield and side windows tapering at the back gives the CX-7 a more vigorous look. By the way, the same rear side windows have a chrome edging, which gives the appearance of additional gloss. Behind the Mazda CX-7, the sporty styling continues with two large exhaust pipes, and large transparent lights.
The main differences of the European version - the new design of bumpers with integrated fog lamps, more elegant than in American models. As well as cornering lights built into the side mirrors.
The car has excellent aerodynamic qualities. The slope of the windshield at 66 degrees allowed to achieve low air resistance.
In the interior trim Mazda CX-7 designers focused on the sportiness and quality of individual parts. The steering wheel and shift knob are leather-covered and have a specially designed shape, thanks to which they are ideal for grip arm. Soft matte upholstery materials are carefully selected in color. The dashboard as a whole corresponds to the spirit of the latest models - the devices are located in deep wells, and round dampers are used for ventilation. But there are also innovations, the panel itself has, as it were, two levels, on one - the dashboard, on the second a narrow display of the onboard computer.
The front seats have developed lateral support, they are clearly separated by a high central tunnel. The rear seats fold (60/40), providing even more free space in the luggage compartment.
Mazda CX-7 has an excellent overview, thanks to the high landing, has the spaciousness and comfort. Many places to store things. Between the front seats there is a large 5.4-liter glove box and two cupholders. Opposite the front passenger there is an even larger glove box, locked with a key. In the front doors - deep pockets, and behind the front seats of the compartment for storing cards and magazines. The luggage compartment Mazda CX-7 can take objects up to 100 cm long with the usual use case, but if you fold the rear seats, you can put things up to 176 cm long.
Under the hood, the Mazda CX-7 is equipped with a 4-cylinder 2.3-liter MZR gasoline engine with direct injection, equipped with a turbine and an intercooler, the full name of the engine is MSR2.3 DISI Turbo, Mazda Speed Atenza became the donor of this engine. The maximum power of the car is 244 hp. at a torque of 5000 rpm. From zero to 100 km / h, the car accelerates in 7.9 seconds.
The smoothness of the course is supported by a new 6-speed gearbox, which also saves fuel significantly, due to clear settings. Available versions and with automatic transmission.
In the Russian market, the CX-7 will be available in two basic trim levels - Touring and Sport, the standard equipment of which includes climate control, electric windows on all doors, cruise control, a stabilization system, ABS, brake force distribution and brake assist. and six airbags.
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The basic version of the Mazda CX-7 also includes a proprietary all-wheel drive system (Mazda Active Torque Split All-WheelDrive), which does not allow wheels to roll on slippery surfaces, and provides excellent traction on a regular road. Using real-time information from numerous sensors, the system continuously monitors the road, and the use of the differential. In addition to all-wheel drive, the car in the basic configuration has a traction control system (TSC), and a motion stabilization control system (DCS).
Lightweight, but rigid body Mazda CX-7, created using the technology of absorption and distribution of energy, which guarantees a safe and dynamic driving. Gorgeous 18-inch wheels 235/60, on elegant aluminum wheels, allow you to feel the full softness of the movement. The cabin is equipped with 6 airbags (front and side for the driver and front passenger, side curtains sitting in the back), and seat belts with pretensioners.
In 2009, Mazda re-styled and updated the CX-7 crossover. The presentation of the updated car for the North American market took place in February 2009 in Toronto. The European premiere took place a month later at the Geneva Motor Show. Dimensions now are: length - 4680 mm, width - 1870 mm, height - 1645 mm, base - 2750 mm, clearance - 208 mm.
The appearance of the car has changed in accordance with the modern style of the brand. Branded "smile", similar to the one that has already appeared on the "face" of the updated Mazda3 and Mazda6, now with the CX-7. The front part received a new grille in the shape of a pentagon, and the bumper was equipped with new fog lamps. The grille as well as the side sills include new chrome parts. Improved appearance and contributed to the changes in the rear spoiler, located above the trunk window. Complement the picture of the new wheels 18 or 19 inches (depending on the version version), with a three-dimensional view. In the restyled model, the rear lighting has also been changed and the interior has been updated.
Inside the car, you can find a new, refreshed dashboard, along with a 4.1-inch LCD display, Bluetooth, a middle-class stereo system and a driver's seat with memory for three owners. The luggage compartment in the traveling state intervenes 455 liters, the trunk is narrow and long with a large loading height, the folding seats are designed to increase its volume. The initial equipment of the Mazda CX-7 Touring is quite rich: climate control, central locking, power windows, electric mirrors and heated front seats, a trip computer, and a CD / MP3 radio.
In America, the CX-7 line was replenished with an economical new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and 161 hp. This engine is suitable for a slow driver, for whom sharp accelerations, high-speed taxiing and high maximum speed are not in the first places in the vehicle's assessment. Acceleration to 100 km / h takes 10.3 seconds. For lovers of drive, the 2.3 DISI turbo engine rated at 238 hp is more suitable for the previous version. Gamma powertrain also replenished 2.2-liter turbodiesel MZR-CD 170 hp power. For the European market only, the car is equipped with the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) exhaust after-treatment system. With its help it is possible to reduce the content in the exhaust of nitrogen oxides by 40%. The engine meets the requirements of the environmental standard Euro 5.
Gearboxes also became one more. In the company to the six-speed “automatic machine” already familiar to us, the Mazdians added a five-band one. True, the crossover, equipped with such a box, can only be front-wheel drive and only with a 161-horsepower engine.
The Mazda CX-7 is one of the few models that combines sporty design and driving pleasure with the space and functionality of a true SUV.