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First Look: Mazda CX-7

January 5, 2006

Mazda debuted the all-new Mazda CX-7 crossover sport-utility vehicle (SUV) this week at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. The CX-7 is the first of three all-new Mazda vehicles that are being designed and engineered specifically for the North American market. Mazda will announce details of the remaining two vehicles at a later date.Produced entirely on Mazda-derived platform architecture, the five-seat CX-7 embodies what Mazda calls an astute blend of sports car verve and SUV practicality, resulting in a fun-to-drive SUV with Mazda's trademark "Soul of a Sportscar." The distinctive exterior design of the Mazda CX-7 is an extension of the sports car motif influenced by the 1995 RX-01 and 2005 MX-Crossport concept vehicles. Prominent front fenders, A-pillars rooted at the body's leading edge, and Mazda's signature five-pointed grille register this new model as a Mazda. Inside, the three-dial instrument cluster, sports car inspired high-mounted shifter and form-fitting front bucket seats are configured for spirited motoring.Matching the sporty appearance, the Mazda CX-7's performance is powerful and dynamic, with use of a turbocharged and inter-cooled 2.3-liter four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine that produces 244-horsepower at 5,000 rpm. Furthermore, the Mazda CX-7 delivers an estimated 23 mpg in combined driving.
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