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2006 Greater Los
Angeles Auto Show

Mazda CX7

Zoom Zoom with Room: The Mazda CX7 at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Jan. 4, 2006

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Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today revealed the eagerly awaited 2007 Mazda CX-7 crossover sport-utility vehicle (SUV) at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. This breakthrough model also will be displayed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

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Arriving in Mazda dealerships this spring, the CX-7 is the first of three important all-new Mazda vehicles designed and engineered specifically for North America .

CX-7 is a clean break from the fleet of traditional SUVs currently offered. It is e ngineered with Mazda's trademark, "Soul of a Sportscar" and built entirely on Mazda - derived platform architecture. Program manager Shunsuke Kawasaki shows his confidence by stating, "There is no doubt this SUV reflects Zoom-Zoom. CX-7 skillfully blends sports car verve with SUV practicality. It is a vehicle that brings together performance and design like never before and t his deviation from the crossover norm is inviting to look at, entertaining to drive, and fun to use." The CX-7 is just right for adventurous couples seeking a new challenge and driven by the urge for discovery.




Chief Designer Iwao Koizumi, whose previous works include the successful MAZDA 6 and the 1995 RX-01 showcar, names the design theme, "advanced frontier"CX-7 takes Mazda and its Zoom-Zoom image into an area it has never before ventured.

Notes Koizumi, "My idea for the CX-7 design was to combine dynamic movement, speedy shapes, and a bold presence in one passionate statement. Mazda has the sports car heritage to offer a crossover SUV with a strong and distinctive appearance."


An advanced and sporty image was pursued in designing the interior. 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 bringing together the driver and front passenger. To draw drivers inside, there's a three-dial instrument cluster, a console supporting the shifter within close reach, three-spoke steering wheel and firmly contoured front bucket seats, all provided with a high quality feel .

Koizumi emphasizes that detailed attention is given to the entire interior, including the cargo area. For the two-tone trim, the side surface two-tone graphic reaching from the front doors all the way to the cargo space stylishly harmonizes with the kicked-up beltline of the exterior side view.


Using the innovative MX-Crossport concept shown at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show for inspiration, the chief designer mapped out the CX-7 with ample space for five occupants.The rear seat not only carries three passengers in comfort, it also splits and folds 60:40 to increase cargo capacity and versatility .


The heart of every Mazda is its spirited powertrain. Under the hood of the CX-7 is a version of the turbocharged and intercooled 2.3-liter four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine that powers the highly regarded MAZDASPEED 6 sport sedan. Engineered to deliver high performance at all speeds, along with low exhaust emissions and excellent fuel economy, Mazda's MZR 2.3 DISI (Direct Injection Spark Ignition) turbo -charged engine produce s an enthusiastic 244 horsepower at 5, 000 rpm in the CX-7.


Advanced transmission and drive components pass the engine's power cleanly to the pavement. The six-speed Sport AT automatic transmission provides the full manual control demanded by assertive drivers. Shifts are crisp, in keeping with CX-7's sportscar character.

Two drivelines are offered: Front-Wheel Drive or Mazda's Active Torque-Split A ll- W heel D rive . The latter system uses a computer-controlled coupling integrated with the rear differential to deliver up to half the available torque to the rear wheels on demand. Sensors monitor engine information, individual wheel speeds, A nti-lock Brake System ( ABS ) operation, and the CX-7's standard Dynamic Stability Control (DSC ) system to optimize torque distribution. Whether the driving conditions are dry and fast or slippery and moderately paced, exceptional handling is assured.


A light, stiff unibody provides the sound foundation for CX-7's smooth ride and agile handling. Computer- A ided- E ngineering analysis was used to optimize this structure, delivering high torsional and bending rigidity with minimal weight.


CX-7's rigid unibody uses the Mazda Advanced Impact energy Distribution and Absorption System to realize high levels of collision safety and helps to protect occupants i n various accident situations, including front, side and rear impacts . The body's frame sections are large in size and as straight as possible, high-strength steel is used where it's effective, and subframe connections help absorb collision energy. Stamping the side frame from a single tailored blank minimizes center pillar deformation during a side impact.


To delight, the Mazda CX-7 offers a wealth of entertainment gear. The CX-7 offers AM, FM, and CD play capability as standard . Sirius satellite radio is available as an option. To further support driving pleasure and convenience, a touch-screen D VD -based n avigation system with voice commands and a rear-view camera system are available to select as an option . In addition, buyers may choose a BOSE ® premium sound system package that includes n ine speakers, approximately 240 watts of amplification, a six-CD changer and CENTERPOINT ® surround-sound system that offers five-channel digital imaging, to create a true premium audio entertainment.


CX-7 is offered in three trim levels. Some of the highlights of the s tandard features are manual air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, retractable key, cruise control, and six air bags. Also standard on all CX-7s is an A nti-lock Brake System (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and a Traction Control System (TCS).

The Touring edition adds leather trim (seats, steering wheel, shift knob), power adjustment of the driver's seat, heated front seats, and a retractable cargo cover. In top-line Grand Touring trim, CX-7 is equipped with features such as leather with a black sport seat stripe, high intensity discharge ( HID ) headlamps, fog lamps, body-color mirrors, chrome door handles and automatic interior climate control.

Mazda's CX-7 arrives in the North American market in the spring of 2006 as a 2007 model.

(4 January 2006)


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