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Tony O'Kane | Oct 13, 2009

MAZDA HAS ANNOUNCED the launch of the refreshed, expanded CX-7 range for Australia, featuring two new engines - one a diesel - two new transmissions and a FWD-only drivetrain.

Styling

The most obvious styling update to the CX-7 is found up front, with the SUV now wearing the same smiling visage as the updated CX-9 and other Mazda siblings. Mazda says the increased dimensions of the five-point grille offers improved cooling performance for diesel models.

New 17, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheel designs feature in the new CX-7 range, while at the rear a new bumper and a larger spoiler improve the CX-7's sporty styling.

Interior

Following the theme set by the updated body styling, the 2010 Mazda CX-7 gains a refreshed interior and increased equipment levels.

A new steering wheel is the most obvious of the updated CX-7's features, offering a more sporty, premium design than before. All models get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob.

New materials also feature throughout the cabin, including piano black or metallic edging (depending on model grade) to the centre panel. The rings on the side air-conditioning vents also feature a special anti-glare chrome plating, while new front and rear door armrests incorporate soft pads for improved feel.

Equipment

Like the new Mazda6 and Mazda3, the CX-7 features a new Human-Machine Interface that Mazda says "encompasses advanced driver functionality", including a new display designed to provide optimised information to the driver.

The information displayed includes ambient temperature, maintenance monitor, reversing camera and a trip computer comprising current and average fuel economy, fuel range, and average speed.

The multi-information display utilises a 4.1 inch colour LCD screen. Next to the MID is a segment‐type display which shows audio and climate control information. Satellite navigation is also incorporated into the multi information display on CX‐7 Luxury Sports and Diesel Sports models.

All models in the updated CX-7 range are equipped with a rear-view camera, displaying the image on the multi-information screen.

Other standard features include climate control air-conditioning, 6-disc in-dash MP3/WMA-compatible CD-player, AUX-in jack for MP3 player, cruise control, leather wrapped gear shift knob and steering wheel, power windows and mirrors, remote central locking, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel.

Standard safety features include Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti‐lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA).

Front driver and passenger, side (front) and curtain airbags, intrusion minimising brake pedal and seatbelts with pre‐tensioners and load limiters are all standard across the whole CX‐7 range.

The CX-7's body is built around Mazda's Advanced Impact Distribution and Absorption System (MAIDAS), using a triple-H architecture - including reinforced a floor, side frames and roof - with ultra-high strength steel used throughout the body for additional strength.

Mechanical

A 2.5 litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine sits at the bottom of the model range, with a five-speed Activematic automatic transmission taking power to the front wheels only.

The 2.5 litre, the same as found in the Mazda6, produces 120kW and 205Nm of torque. Fuel consumption, aided by the lighter FWD drivetrain, is 9.4 l/100km.

A 2.2 litre turbodiesel engine powers the new range-topping CX-7 Diesel Sports, developing 127kW at 3500 rpm and 400Nm at just 2000rpm.

Available only with a six-speed manual transmission, the CX-7 Diesel Sports features Mazda’s Active Torque Split AWD system and returns a fuel consumption figure of 7.6 l/100km on the combined cycle.

CO2 emissions for the new diesel-powered CX-7 are rated at 199g/km.

The 175kW 2.3 litre turbocharged petrol engine carries over in the CX-7 Classic Sports and CX-7 Luxury Sports, with the six-speed Activematic gearbox still the sole transmission option.

Mazda has worked to improve the rigidity and strength of the CX-7, the 2010 model gaining a five percent increase in torsional stiffness thanks to stronger rear wheel housings, door openings and shelf gusses.

New L-shaped reinforcements increase body strength, and slightly thicker materials contribute to overall rigidity.

Pricing

Mazda expects to sell an average of 400 CX-7s per month, with the majority of them being the CX-7 Classic (30 percent) and the CX-7 Luxury Sports (50 percent).

The new 2010 Mazda CX-7 is available from November. Pricing details are below.

Manufacturer List Price (which excludes dealer delivery and on-road costs):

  • CX-7 Classic: $33,990
  • CX-7 Classic Sports: $38,990 ($2,975 less than the previous model),
  • CX-7 Luxury Sports: $45,990 ($1,940 less than the previous model) and
  • CX-7 Diesel Sports: $43,640
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