The facelifted Mazda CX-7 took a bow in Toronto at the Canadian International Autoshow. Several design changes were overshadowed by the crossover's new engine option.
The 2010 Mazda CX-7 facelift has made its worldwide debut at the Canadian International Autoshow in Toronto. Mazda's updated CX-7 also gets a new base engine choice: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol that generates 161 hp and 161 ft-lb of torque.
This is the same engine in the 2010 model-year builds of the Mazda3 and Mazda6, and it is substantially less powerful compared to the 244-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter also available for the CX-7. The vehicles come as an automatic, with the low-powered engine getting a five-speed transmission, and a six-speed version available for the stronger model. Fuel economy was an issue with the 2.3-liter engine, and Mazda looked to broaden interest by offering the more fuel efficient, smaller four-cylinder. MPG numbers are not yet available.
Mazda's competition in this crossover segment includes the Honda CR-V, the Nissan Rogue, and the Subaru Forester. To stay competitive, the front-wheel-drive system can be upgraded to all-wheel-drive at an additional cost.
New exterior touches include a redesigned front bumper that almost looks like a sarcastic grin. Only minor revisions are seen at the back. Inside, the crossover gets a new steering wheel, new instrument panel and 4.1-inch color TFT display screen, and new vents. One report has printed a Mazda claim that the new CX-7 has a more rigid chassis, with added sound proofing to reduce road and wind noise. Mazda has also added driver-side seat memory, and Bluetooth. A blind spot warning system is also available as an option.
The 2010 Mazda CX-7 should hit showroom floors this summer. Pricing is not yet available for the vehicle.