Originally released in 2006, the CX-7 struggled to stay in production. Situated in a range somewhere between mid and compact range crossovers, it offered poor performance regarding powertrain and fuel economy. The larger and more efficient 2018 Mazda CX-5 replaced it. However, Mazda has decided to revive the older model, and the new 2018 Mazda CX-7 is expected to be released by the end of 2017 or early 2018.
The earlier version of CX-7 could not be fit in the category it was supposed to. Its turbocharged engine was a failure regarding performance and fuel efficiency. Replaced by the CX-5, the CX-7 is now set for a re-release, according to Mazda.
2018 Mazda CX-7 Specifications
Mazda is keener on improving the engines as it is rather than raising their capacity. Advanced technologies have worked on making the SKYACTIVE 2.0-liter in-line four engine capable of producing 200 HP and 150 lb-ft of torque. A still higher 2.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine is rumored to produce 250 HP and 170 lb-ft of torque.
Both the engine versions installed in Mazda CX-7 2018 will be coupled with a 6-speed or 8-speed automatic transmissions. Mazda also works on reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Additionally, Mazda will also release a Hybrid engine variant modeled under Atkinson Cycle and expected to be fuel efficient and environment-friendly. MacPherson fronts and multi-link rear system are included.
The new 2018 Mazda CX-7 will borrow its exterior design from Kodo signature design language. Featuring a coupe-like structure, this new model will be both sleek and streamlined. The massive hood in the front will be sculpted to make room for the engine. A new set of bumpers with specially designed air pockets are meant to make it more aerodynamic.
Apart from the outer body work, this new vehicle will have redesigned grills which will extend into the LED headlights. The new chassis aims to offer more suspension and better performance. Customers will have numerous choices of metallic body paints to choose from. Digital side entrance doors and sporty spill roofs add to the beauty to this CX-5 inspired vehicle.
Like the exterior body work, Mazda CX-7 2018 also borrows much regarding interior design with a 5/7 seat arrangement set to house up to 8 passengers. The steering wheel has been given a new frame with dials on it to control entertainment and communication systems.
Instead of chrome finished interiors, Mazda has used aluminum accents to make the crossover look more sporty and elegant. Contrast stitched leather seats will add to passenger comfort. New CX-7 has an upgraded infotainment system following Mazda’s KODO-Soul of Motion language and latest SKYACTIVE technology.
Pricing and Competitors
Falling in the category of a mix of coupe and SUV, the CX-7 has failed to deliver regarding performance and appetence. Closest of its competitors namely- Hyundai Santa Fe; has got more powerful engines with larger fuel capacity and better suspension. With better fuel economy, Honda CR-V also beats the existing CX-7 by a larger margin. Mazda attempts to top the competition with its new 2018 Mazda CX-7. This new model is also expected to be available at a price of $40,000 for the base trim and up to $50,000 for the higher trims.