Mazda’s freshened CX-7 crossover SUV gets a range of new safety features, including a reversing camera.
The camera displays on a seven-inch colour widescreen monitor in the audio system on the dashboard.
The camera is located near the tailgate handle area, immediately adjacent to the licence plate mounting points.
The camera and rear view monitor display are activated when the driver shifts into reverse gear. As soon as the transmission is moved out of reverse, the screen returns to the previous, audio display.
The camera provides an approximate viewing angle of 105 degrees from the central point, although the actual viewing area may vary depending on the road conditions and vehicle slope.
The freshened CX-7 also gets changes to the centre console, and side door switch panels and gear-shift gate panel options range from dark grey to a black wood-grain like surface treatment.
The new CX-7 will be available in four colours – Aurora Blue Mica, Brilliant Black CLE, Copper Red Mica and Moist Silver Metallic.
The Mazda MZR 2.3 DISI (Direct Injection Spark Ignition) turbocharged engine fitted to the CX-7 develops 174kW at 5000rpm, with torque of 350Nm at 2500rpm.
With Mazda’s Active Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive, a computer controlled coupling feeds up to 50 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels as required.
The floor-mounted six-speed Activematic transmission comes with a manual selection mode.
The CX-7 has six airbags (dual front, front side and head protecting curtain airbags), and active safety incorporates traction control, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and the Active Torque Split AWD system.
The CX-7 lists for $44,995 and is on sale from this month.
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