Mazda has revealed full details and prices for its revised CX-7 sports crossover model – now powered exclusively by a diesel engine and priced at a little under £26k.
By ‘sports crossover’ Mazda intends to suggest that the has the appearance of a 4×4, but with handling and performance more akin to a sports car. This was certainly true of the previous version, which was powered by a 2.3-litre turbo petrol engine – not efficient, but certainly fast. It was the best handling 4×4 this side of a BMW X5.
2.2 turbodiesel for CX-7
Solving the efficiency problems at a stroke, this facelifted version is now fitted solely with Mazda’s recently introduced 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine.
Although significantly down on power – 170bhp rather than 256bhp – the diesel CX-7 is much more eco-friendly thanks to its 37.7mpg official average fuel economy and 199g/km CO2 emissions.
As for performance, the CX-7 D manages 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds and a top speed of 124mph.
CX-7 is well kitted-out
Standard equipment includes leather seats, climate control, cruise control, electric heated front seats, xenon headlights, alarm and Bose stereo with six-CD autochanger, satellite navigation and Bluetooth.
Safety upgrades include automatic hazard light activation in event of an emergency stop, and blind spot monitors. As before, you also get six standard airbags, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC) and adaptive four-wheel drive.
The only option is metallic or mica paint at £450.
Mazda CX-7 price
Visual differences for the new model include Mazda’s new smiley-face front end – similar to that found on the latest and – bigger 19-inch alloys and a larger rear spoiler, which is slightly ironic, given the diesel version’s reduced performance.
The revised Mazda CX-7 is on sale from 1 November, priced at £25,785. We think that’s good value for money and, with that new diesel engine it means this unusual 4×4 is finally worth a serious look.
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