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Mazda CX-7 pre-show photos and info

Mazda has released a few more photos of the production version of the 2007 Mazda CX-7 ahead of the vehicle’s official debut at the L.A. auto show. The new shots include a profile and rear view (shown). Mazda’s new SUV is rather un-SUV in appearance and these photos show a definite design link to current Mazda vehicles, including the RX-8 with its pronounced front fenders. The CX-7, or at least the one in the pics, wears a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels that will be rotated by a 244-hp, 2.3L turbo four-cylinder with direct-injection. The motor is shared with the new MazdaSpeed6, though specially tuned for the CX-7 to deliver 258 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed sport automatic will help the new ute deliver a combined estimated 23 mpg.
Rest of pics and full press release after the jump...

[Source: Mazda and TripleZoom]

LOS ANGELES – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced details of its much-anticipated upcoming 2007 Mazda CX-7 crossover sport-utility vehicle (SUV). The company also confirmed that the car will make its public debut at the upcoming Greater Los Angeles Auto Show here, and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2006.

The Mazda CX-7 is the first of three all-new Mazda vehicles that are being designed and engineered specifically for the North American market.

Mazda’s five-seat CX-7 is a refreshing departure from the fleet of traditional SUV ’ s currently plying American roads. Produced on entirely Mazda-derived platform architecture, Mazda CX-7 embodies an astute blend of sports car verve and SUV practicality, resulting in a fun-to-drive SUV with Mazda’s trademarkSoul of a Sportscar” . It is a vehicle that brings together performance and design like never before. The Mazda CX-7 is just right for adventurous couples driven by the urge for discovery.

“The North American market continues to play a pivotal role in Mazda Motor Corporation’s global future,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. “Vehicles such as CX-7, designed and engineered specifically for the North American market, will make Mazda an important and influential force in the industry . This vehicle represents everything a Mazda SUV should be: powerful, great styling , detailed craftsmanship and fun to drive. Mazda at its finest” .

The distinctive exterior design of the Mazda CX-7 is an extension of the sports car motif influenced by the 1995 RX-01 and 2005 MX-Crossport concept vehicles. In addition, CX-7’s strong emotional styling shows its family resemblance to the RX-8 sports car. Prominent front fenders, A-pillars rooted at the body’s leading edge, and Mazda’s signature five-pointed grille clearly register this new model as a Mazda. The 18- inch aluminum wheels and tires proclaim Mazda CX-7’s Zoom-Zoom intentions and immediately signal that this is a vehicle built for drivers .

An interior design , also previewed by the MX-Crossport concept , fulfills every car enthusiast’s innate desire to jump in and drive. The three- dial instrument cluster, sports car inspired high-mounted shifter and fo rm-fitting front bucket seats are configured for spirited motoring. The instrument panel consists of a unique ‘double-roof’ structure, in which a small ‘roof’ over the meter cluster is positioned just in front of a large ‘roof’ that extends across the entire instrument panel. The 60-40 split rear seat accommodates three adults in comfort and quickly converts to an extension of the 29.9 -cu. ft. cargo hold, bringing total cargo capacity up to 58.6- cu. ft . The 39-inch-long rear compartment (seats up) offers more stowage space than some larger SUVs.

Matching the sporty appearance is Mazda CX-7’s powerful and dynamic performance. Mazda CX-7 is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled 2.3-liter four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine that produce s 244-horsepower at 5,000 rpm. While key powertrain features are shared with the recently launched MAZDASPEED 6 , the Mazda CX-7 is exclusively tuned to deliver 258 lb-ft of torque at a remarkably low 2, 5 00 rpm, and at least 99-percent of the maximum torque available all the way to the 5,000 rpm horsepower peak. With Mazda’s six-speed Sport AT transmission, CX-7 performs as if there’s an engine twice the size under the hood. Furthermore, the Mazda CX-7 delivers an estimated 23 mpg in combined driving.

A sturdy unitized body structure, fully independent suspension, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with standard four-wheel anti-lock braking system ( ABS ) , Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS), underlie Mazda CX-7’s athletic road manners. Customers may select the driveline best suited to their needs: F ront-Wheel Drive or Mazda’s Active Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive . With Active Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive , a computer-controlled coupling feeds up to 50-percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels for exceptional handling whether the driving conditions are dry and fast or slippery and paced.

Mazda CX-7 arrives in the spring of 2006 as a 2007 model.

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