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2009-11-03 08:47
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mazda
Model CX-7
Engine 2.5l, 2.3l turbo
Power 120kW @ 6 000r/min, 175kW @ 5 000r/min
Torque 205Nm @ 5 500r/min, 350Nm @ 2 500r/min
Transmission Fove/Six-speed auto
Fuel Tank 62-, 69l
Weight 1584-, 1772kg
Boot Size 400l
ABS Yes, with EBD, EBA
Tyres 215/70/R17, 235/60/R18
Front Suspension McPherson struts
Rear Suspension Multi-link
Service Intervals 15 000-, 10 000km
Service Plan 5 year/100 000km
Warranty 4 year/120 000km
Mazda’s local model portfolio image leader, the CX-7 crossover, is now available with naturally aspirated power.

As part of a subtle facelift, the CX-7 has been expanded with a 2.5l MZR engine, to flesh out the model range by a derivative and usher in a lower buy-in point to Mazda’s crossover range.

Still good looking...

From a design perspective the facelift sees new front foglamp bezels and a revised grille treatment, framed by chrome detailing.

Cabin refurbishments are simply a change to the steering wheel architecture, which remains three-spoke in design, yet features additional satellite controls along the flanks of the wheel boss.

Mechanically things remain relatively unchanged.

Torsional rigidity is reportedly improved by a negligible five percent and additional sound deadening material should suppress mechanical and road noise even better. Truth be told, the CX-7’s refinement has been superb from the outset though…

Naturally aspirated engine option

The new 2.5l engine option is carried over from the Mazda6, albeit in slightly detuned form. It’s worth 120kW at 6 000r/min, with peak rotational force of 205Nm online at an engine speed of 3 500r/min.

A decidedly undersquare engine in terms of architecture, the 2.5l should be commensurate to powering the 1 584kg CX-7. Drive is transferred between the front and rear axles via a five-speed automatic transmission.

The turbocharged CX-7 soldiers on with the 175kW 2.3 DISI engine, sporting an extra ratio on its automatic transmission.

Entry level CX--7 2.5L Dynamic features full leather seat trim (front seats electrically adjustable and heated), a six-disc CD changer and climate control. Additional features found on the 2.3 DISI Turbo are rear view monitoring, a Bose premium sound system, Xenon headlamps and a sunroof.

Both CX-7s feature a similar safety suite of front, side first occupant airbags with curtain airbags wrapping around to cover the second row occupants too.

The new naturally aspirated engine option should appeal to buyers who can’t see their way into financing the 2.3 DISI’s considerable fuel thirst yet aspire to the CX-7 unique styling and neat road manners.


Mazda CX-7 2.5L Dynamic                       R333 700        

Mazda CX-7 2.3L DISI Turbo Individual   R433 500


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