Facelifted model will appear at Frankfurt
15 September 2009

Mazda has launched a facelifted CX-7 at the Frankfurt motor show.

The new model ditches the fast but thirsty 2.3-litre petrol engine in favour of a more frugal 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine. The Euro 5-compliant unit helps improve the CX-7’s CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, although Mazda hasn’t released any official figures.

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Styling changes include the addition of the Mazda’s new 'family face', seen on the Mazda 6 and Mazda 3, with a redesigned bumper, front grille and lights. The front grille, foglights and side skirts all get chrome piping.

The crossover SUV will be the first European Mazda to get the Japanese firm’s Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, which cuts NOx emissions by 40 per cent.

The car will be launched alongside a facelifted RX-8 for the German market and the Mazda MX-5 Superlight concept at Frankfurt.

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Mazda CX-7

The slightly leftfield Mazda CX-7 has become a serious contender with a diesel engine at last

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12 August 2009

My father drives a CX-7 and I can confirm it's really thirsty. Apart from that, it's a very pleasant car to drive, but I suspect the diesel will suit the Mazda better, despite inferior on-paper performance. But in terms of styling, it's a step backward for me - instead of sticking with its clean, understated lines, they came up with this blinged up new look. The steering wheel is worse too.

12 August 2009

This car has been gagging for a diesel engine since its launch. It deserves to do well now, because as an all rounder, this is a very likable car.



It's all about the twisties........

12 August 2009

I think this car is quite good. The Mazda does look the part. It does seem that it will sell quite easily too. I would like to find a little more about the car though.

5 September 2009

Pricing is all. 170bhp and 0-60 in 11.5 means it will have to be waaaaay less than X1 @ £24k or so. I don't think it will be....shame.....

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