Mazda Motors UK is certain that the new Mazda CX-7 sports crossover vehicle will create a niche within a niche, bringing its ‘Zoom-Zoom’ sports car attitude to the traditional SUV sector. Available to preorder now via a dedicated Mazda CX-7 Pre-Order Website www.cx‑7order.co.uk , and with first deliveries scheduled for September, the CX-7 is expected to define its own market, just as the Mazda RX-8 sports coupe did in the sports car segment following its launch in 2003.
“British motorists are presented with a huge range of SUV-type vehicles to choose from so we need to offer something different and the CX-7 fits the bill,” comments Mazda UK’s marketing director Mark Cameron.
“Some sports utility vehicles major on their 4x4 credentials, their ability off road or to carry people - maybe up to seven passengers. Others are more ‘soft roaders’, which have the look and attitude of a 4x4 but are rarely taken off tarmac.
“Our new Mazda CX-7 is different because it is more heavily oriented towards a sports car in its styling and driving dynamics, while retaining the commanding driving position, presence and stature of an off road vehicle.”
Manufactured in Japan, the CX-7 is already hugely popular in the USA, but for the European and UK markets changes have been made to best suit the demands of local consumers. The suspension set-up has also been retuned for European roads and delivers handling agility that is unmatched in this class.
Part of the crossover concept necessitates combining sporty design with sports utility comfort and practicality, and the new Mazda CX-7 has plenty of both. There is ample space for five occupants to travel in comfort and sports utility-style rear seat functionality and boot space, which makes it an ideal vehicle for multi-activity lifestyles.
The 260ps turbocharged, four-wheel drive Mazda CX-7, priced from £23,960 (on‑the‑road), will be available in the UK as a single, highly-specified model. Standard equipment will include leather seats, 18" alloy wheels, Xenon headlights, climate control air-conditioning, cruise control, and a BOSE premium audio system.
Each Mazda CX-7 is mechanically identical, with a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing up to 380Nm of torque at just 3000rpm, a six-speed manual transmission and Mazda’s unique Active Torque-Split 4WD system.
This new Mazda combines sensationally spirited performance - top speed is 130mph and 0‑62mph takes 8.0 seconds - with exhilarating dynamics and genuine everyday practicality (with a 455-litre cargo bay, all seats upright), and remarkable refinement. It is the ultimate expression of ‘Zoom-Zoom’ driving excitement in a sophisticated four-wheel drive crossover vehicle.
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