Mazda’s crossover, the CX-7, is the latest vehicle in Mazda’s line up to receive a second-generation makeover
While the CX-7 retains the existing 2.3-litre Direct Injection (DISI) turbo engine and 6-speed Activematic configuration of the existing model, the new version features a number of aesthetic enhancements.
“We are excited to introduce the second generation CX-7. Fans of the first generation vehicle will notice we have refined elements of the original model while retaining the balance of SUV practicality and sports car spirit,” says Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director Mazda New Zealand.
Mazda says the new CX-7 provides better fuel economy through model-specific measures including revised shift patterns and a reduction in body weight.
The CX-7’s exterior styling takes cues from the new generation Mazda3, adopting the five point grille and bumper design. This is complemented with a restyled side intake wiht new fog lamps. Also new are the front and rear cylindrical lamp designs and 19-inch alloy wheels which come with lower-profile 235/55 R19 tyres. Other changes to the rear of the vehicle include a roof spoiler with integrated high-mount brake lights.
The cabin of the CX-7 features a new meter design and door trim armrests, auxiliary audio point, a telescopic steering wheel adjustment, and the driver’s seat is also equipped with three position seat memory as well as eight-way power adjustment.
Standard features carried over from the previous model include leather trim, power windows, heated power mirrors, heated front seats and climate controlled air-conditioning, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise control, MP3 compatible six-disc CD player with a nine speaker 240-watt BOSE® sound system and remote central locking with dual stage unlock.
Like the new Mazda3, the CX-7 adopts the new top-mounted Multi Information Display (MID) which provides the driver with a range of information on audio, fuel consumption, safety alerts and even maintenance reminders.
The Multi Information Display also incorporates the monitor for the car’s reversing camera.
The CX-7’s safety package includes six airbags, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as well as traction control, ABS anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA).
The Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive (AWD) computer controlled system constantly monitors the wheel speed and engine data to optimise grip according to the driving conditions and adjusts the torque distribution from 100:0 to 50:50 front to rear as required.
The CX-7 priced at $47,595 is available in Copper Red Mica, Crystal White Pearl, Galaxy Grey Mica and three new options of Stormy Blue Mica, Sparkling Black Mica and Aluminium Metallic.
See the Mazda CX-7 for sale here.