Mazda has announced it will build a production version of the MX-Crossport concept, first seen at January’s Detroit Auto Show. To be called CX-7, the 4x4 has been confirmed for the American market only, although design boss Moray Callum said that all Mazda models are built to comply with worldwide regulations, so only marketing reasons would stop the off-roader coming to the UK.
Based on the Mazda 6 platform (right), the CX-7 will be launched in its primary market, the US, next year. It could arrive in the UK in 2007 where it would serve as a replacement for the Tribute, which was axed last year. The announcement also mentions Mazda’s plans to use the CX prefix for crossover 4x4 vehicles, hinting at a range of off-roaders to accompany the CX-7.