The facelifted 2010 Mazda CX-7 has made an understated debut at the Canadian Auto Show, shunted out of the spotlight by the headlining grabbing unveilings at this week's Chicago Auto Show.

2010 Mazda CX-7 facelift sneaks into Toronto

This new model brings the CX-7 in line with the new generation Mazda design philosophy which has already been applied to the majority of the range.

A new MZR 2.5-litre normally-aspirated petrol engine has been added to the range, identical to the one found in the current Mazda6.

2010 Mazda CX-7 facelift sneaks into Toronto

This produces 120kW of power at 6000rpm and peak torque of 318Nm at 3500rpm, coupled with a five-speed automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive.

The flagship model will continue to use the current MZR 2.3L DISI turbocharged unit which develops 182kW at 5000rpm and 350Nm at 2500rpm.

2010 Mazda CX-7 facelift sneaks into Toronto

Along with its obvious exterior transformation, the interior receives a blend of higher quality materials, a new gauge cluster with three-dimensional dials, multifunction display, three-position memory function for the driver's seat and a power adjustable recliner for the passenger's seat.

A blind spot monitoring system has also been introduced, as found on the Mazda6 and CX-9.

2010 Mazda CX-7 facelift sneaks into Toronto

Local specifications and pricing for the 2010 Mazda CX-7 will be released closer to the launch date.