The 2007 Mazda CX-7 - Distinctive Exterior | Part Two

Mazda CX-7

Mazda CX-7

Distinctive and Sophisticated Exterior

Chief Designer Iwao Koizumi, whose previous works include the successful Mazda6 and the 1995 RX-01 showcar, names the Mazda CX-7 design theme, "advanced frontier". The CX-7 takes Mazda and its Zoom-Zoom image to a whole new area of the automotive market, an area it has never before ventured into.

Iwao Koizumi comments: "My idea for the Mazda CX-7 design was to combine dynamic movement, speedy shapes, and a bold presence in one passionate statement. Mazda has such a strong sportscar heritage that it can offer a crossover SUV with an exceptionally lively and distinctive appearance."

The 66-degree rake angle of the windshield is sleeker than many SUVs and even sports cars. Distinct character lines run through the A-pillars along the edges of the hood to the front fascia. A five-pointed grille and prominent front fenders reveal a clear Mazda family identity.

The side profile sports an aggressively rising belt line, a curved roof and prominent wheel arches, producing Mazda’s unique signature. A tapered cabin rests securely on the lower body’s broad shoulders. From the rear, the detailed round motif tail lamp and large dual exhaust outlets also emphasise the Zoom-Zoom sportscar styling.

This distinctive overall exterior design is well balanced with the aerodynamics of the vehicle. Mazda CX-7’s shape is aerodynamically efficient with best-in-class performance for co-efficient of drag. Beneath the vehicle, ribbed covers attached to the centre under-floor area are especially helpful in optimising the aerodynamics of the airflow.

While it provides outstanding aerodynamic performance, this exterior design does not compromise craftsmanship. Panel and component alignment and part-gaps are flush and tight. Wiper arms are configured to match the surrounding cowl design and minimise wind noise. Attention to detail makes this car what it is.

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Published 6 January 2005 Melanie Carter

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