The 2018 Mazda CX-7 will be returning to the market after a short hiatus in its production. Initially, the CX-7 made its first appearance in the market back in 2006, when it was shown at 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. It went into sale as a 2007 model and it was the first mid-size SUV from Mazda since 1994.
However, the sales of the CX-7 weren’t that great. Lying somewhere between midsize and compact crossover in terms of size, it didn’t provide competition in either category. Moreover, its turbocharged model offered poor fuel economy. As a result, it was discontinued after 2012 model year and it made way for CX-5 model. Although the exterior of the CX-5 was smaller than the CX-7, it still offered more interior space and also more efficient powertrain.
2018 Mazda CX-7: Exterior and Interior Redesign
Given the fact that 2018 Mazda CX-7 marks the comeback of this model after a few years, it would be fair to anticipate that this latest offering will be coming into the market as a completely new model. As far as early reports and rumors are considered, this upcoming model will be slightly different characteristically when compared to its predecessor.
The biggest issue regarding the last model was that it didn’t quite belong to crossover segment of vehicles. It belonged to a category somewhere between a mid-size crossover and compact crossover. It simply didn’t provide any competition in the overall crossover segment. Keeping that in mind, the upcoming CX-7 will be comparatively larger than the previous model. This would bring it closer to mid-size crossover segment.
The 2018 Mazda CX-7 will get a new platform, which will provide its interior with enough space for a three row seating arrangement. Numerous reports have stated that this new crossover will be offered in both five seats and seven seat configuration. The vehicle will be following the manufacturer’s new ‘KODO-Soul of Motion’ design language. It will also borrow certain design elements from CX-5 model and Koeru Concept model. This new crossover will be featuring latest SkyActive technology.
As far as engine specs are concerned, instead of downsizing, Mazda has chosen to offer more engine options with 2018 Mazda CX-7. It will be offering more engine options than its competitors. Possible engine options include:
- A 2-liter unit will serve as the base engine with an approximate output of 200 HP and 150 lb ft of torque
- A 2.5-liter unit with nearly 250 HP of output along with 170 lb ft of torque.
- A 2.2-liter turbo diesel will be offered in the diesel variant, with the capability of generating 173 HP.
All these available engines will be paired with either auto or manual 6 speed transmission unit. As far as fuel economy is concerned, there is no information yet but you can expect to be better than that of previous model.
Price and Availability
The 2018 Mazda CX-7 should arrive in the market in 2017 with a base price ranging from $40,000 to $45,000. It will be facing to very serious rivals as the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot.