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by George Skentzos

Mazda has released the full Australian details and availability for its new generation Mazda CX-7 family SUV which includes two new engines and a front-wheel-drive entry-level model.

With refreshed design and equipment added across the range, coupled with Mazda’s popular new styling, the new Mazda CX-7 is sure to be a sales hit for Mazda when it hits showrooms.

The new CX-7 range has been expanded to incorporate four distinct models: the Classic, Classic Sports, Luxury Sports and a new Diesel Sports variant.

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At the bottom end of the price scale, the CX-7 Classic boasts a 2.5-litre four cylinder petrol engine with 120kW and 205Nm, mated to a five-speed Activematic transmission.

For the CX-7 Classic, drive is sent exclusively through the front wheels, returning a fuel consumption figure of just 9.4 litres per 100kms and emissions of 223g/km.

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Standard kit includes a 4.1-inch colour display that provides vital information to the driver including a reversing camera, auto headlamps on/off, climate control air-conditioning, 6-disc in-dash MP3/WMA-compatible CD-player, AUX-in jack for MP3 player, cruise control, leather wrapped gear shift knob and steering wheel, power windows and mirrors, remote central locking, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel and variable intermittent wipers

Both the Classic Sports and Luxury Sports use Mazda’s 2.3-litre DISI turbocharged petrol engine with 175kW and 350Nm, mated to a six-speed Activematic transmission and Mazda’s active torque split all-wheel-drive system.

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The Classic Sports adds newly designed 18-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust and front fog lamps above the standard equipment in the Classic.

The Mazda CX-7 Luxury Sports features Bluetooth handsfree and audio compatibility, satellite navigation, blackout instrument cluster, front seats with 3-position memory function, heating function and lumbar adjustment, leather seat trim, premium Bose amplifier and 9 speakers, 19-inch alloy wheels, chrome door handles, heated power mirrors and power sliding and tilt glass sunroof.

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Despite being the most expensive model in the range, Mazda expects the CX-7 Luxury Sports to account for half of all CX-7 sales, with a forecast of shipping 400 units per month in Australia.

Finally, Mazda has introduced a diesel option into its line-up with the CX-7 Diesel Sports which features a 2.2-litre four cylinder intercooled turbo diesel with 127kW and 400Nm and a fuel economy rating of 7.6 litres per 100km.

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Standard safety equipment across the range includes Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), dual front airbags, dual front side airbags and dual curtain airbags.

Mazda CX-7 Range and Pricing

  • CX-7 Classic $33,990
  • CX-7 Classic Sports $38,990 ($2,975 less than the previous model)
  • CX-7 Luxury Sports $45,990 ($1,940 less than the previous model)
  • CX-7 Diesel Sports $43,640



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