Posted: 02/13/09 01:56 PM
Seems sort of a waste to just have 160 horses coming out of a 2.5L though. Might as well opt for the turbo 2.3L I-4.
It could have been revealed at chose this week's Chicago Auto Show or even at the upcoming Geneva Salon in March, but Mazda to perform the world debut of its facelifted 2010 CX-7 crossover at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The most significant change is hidden under the hood as Mazda decided to present a new entry-level version of the CX-7 equipped with the same 160-horsepower 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder that we find in the Mazda6 and Mazda3. There's no official press release as we speak, so it remains to be seen if this version will come to the States.
Just for the record, the 2010 CX-7 will continue to be offered with Mazda's 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 244-horsepower.
Powertrains aside, Mazda's designers updated the CX-7 exterior styling with a new front bumper, clear crystal tail lights and a new rear apron. In the cabin, changes include the restyled gauges on the instrument panel, newly designed center air-vents that look like they came from an Audi parts bin and a 4.1-inch color TFT information display.
Posted: 03/03/09 11:45 AM
I'll have to reserve judgment until I see one in person. Those side vents look pretty aggressive. Front ground clearance looks a little low, at least from that photo.
I personally think Mazda should bring over their new 2.2L turbodiesel from Europe. That would probably get a lot better fuel economy than even the 2.5L gasser, as well as having 295 lb./ft. of torque!
But everyone still thinks Americans hate diesels. I'm convinced if enough people got the chance to ride in or drive one of the new generation of diesels, they'd be sold.