• Feb 5, 2009
Please To our eyes, Mazda's CX-7 crossover still manages to look fresh despite having been on the market since mid-2006. While it has aged gracefully, the Japanese automaker is readying a facelift for 2010, and some early mules have just been caught by spy shooters roaming in wintery Michigan.
While the prototypes have been quite heavily disguised, it is still possible to see that beneath their anti-spy cloaks, changes are taking shape. Significantly upsized air intakes have taken up residence up front, and tape around the rear lenses could indicate that the taillamp clusters may be altered as well. Click on the link below for the full monty.

[Source: EVO]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      FUEL CONSUMPTION
      • 5 Years Ago
      A boost to the interior on par with the new 3 and the new 2.4 litre to increase mpg would make this a much better contender.
      Looks like the engine could be a possibility since there is only one tailpipe on the mule.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really..
      If the fuel tank is the same than Mazda CX-9, they must armor them.
      In december I passed over a bycicle tired down in the road and my CX9 explode in fire.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3rNNEHsOwA
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what the new side facia will look like, that big thing they have now is just hiding it, like it was on the MPS at the 'ring.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Mazda exec told me when I was working for them about them putting an I4 in the CX-7. Of course this was when gas was nearly $4 a gallon, and the call for premium in the 2.3 DISI Turbo was highly disliked among potential buyers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes it would be the new 2.5 found in the new 3/6/tribute.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Err... The CX-7 already has an I4. Did you mean naturally aspirated instead of turbo ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just hope it isn't jokerfied.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Count on it. :-(
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh No!
      The CX-7 going to get that stupid smile grill.

      Stop the Madness!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully it does not loose the "fun factor". The current CX-7 really is a joy to drive...

      But better fuel economy would be welcomed, as would updated higher quality plastic in the interior...

      The current CX-7 has higher grade plastics for the sold in Europe model.
      If they can get it as nice as the CX-9 then it should be a winner !!!

      Oh yea, hopefully they don't go too overboard with the front grill :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it possible that the "smile" is getting bigger. That would mean that there is at least one car company that is optimistic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They need to revamp the interior. Use the same rich materials found in the 3. The door panels on these things is just a disaster.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The plastic isn't that bad at all, the new 3 uses the same stuff on the dash and in other places. The current 3 has some semi-glossy plastic stuff on the lower panel and fabric on the insert. Not really all that awesome.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Please Mazda, enough of the "Joker grin" looks!!!...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think a more conventional engine would make this more desirable for a lot of people. And even though gas is $2 now, it won't be, so better MPG on regular gas would be a plus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The front is probably going to be similar to the new 3. Large vents under the headlights, the headlights themselves, and I bet there's a smiling grill under there.


      Did they not ask anyone what they thought of the design before going through with it? A small test group maybe? Or did they ask their 'friends' and the friends did not want to offend them, so they said it was nice?
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