From Mazda press: Launched in 2006 as a 2007 model, the Mazda CX-7 offers a blend of sports car verve and SUV practicality in a way that few other crossover vehicles can, and has garnered high praise by consumers and media as a true driver's vehicle.
"A key word in the development process of the 2010 CX-7 was refinement," said Masashi Otsuka, Mazda Motor Corporation's CX-7 program manager. "The vehicle we had to start with was already really good and well liked by consumers, so my team didn't have to start over, but simply refine."
For 2010, the CX-7 continues to offer more of what has made it a success and adds characteristics of sophistication, sustainability and detail.
To address a customer request, the highlight of Otsuka's team's work for the 2010 model year is the development of a more economical example of the already thrifty CX-7. This model will incorporate an all-new naturally aspirated DOHC 16-valve 2.5-liter MZR four-cylinder engine coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission. The existing MZR 2.3-liter DISI Turbo (direct injection DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder) engine will still be offered in the upper trim levels.
Sold worldwide, the 2010 CX-7 made its debut at the 2009 Canadian International Auto Show in February and made its first appearance in the United States at the 2009 New York International Auto Show.
CX-7 is a fun-to-drive crossover SUV that represents everything a Mazda should be: stylish, dynamic and a great value. That value increases for 2010 with the addition of the 2.5-liter normally aspirated engine.
For 2010, CX-7 adopts Mazda's MZR 2.5-liter engine, which can also be found in the new MAZDA6 and MAZDA3, and is known for its excellent fuel economy and drivability. The 2.5-liter DOHC inline-four delivers 161 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and offers maximum torque of 161 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm.
By coupling this engine to a light-weight, efficient, five-speed automatic transmission and utilizing a front-wheel-drive layout, this new powertrain combination returns fuel economy of 20/28 mpg (city/highway). This drivetrain combination is available on the i SV and i Sport models only, and only with front-wheel-drive.