The new 2018 Mazda CX-7 will be a welcome return to the SUV segment which is definitely one of the popular in the market. When Mazda CX-7 model came out in 2007, everyone thought that it was a bit ahead of its time. The automakers still felt content in including rugged design nods, especially focusing on the off-road abilities. This made the model appear a bit more appealing as others hence accounting for its large-scale popularity. The last revised model of CX-7 came out in 2012 and as expected did well its segment. But since then, there were no such words on any other revised models, up and till some time back. The rumors state a possible 2018 Mazda CX-7 is coming soon.
2018 Mazda CX-7 – Look and Layout
The exterior layout of this new-gen Mazda CX-7 will have a completely new couple like design. The automakers will make use of their fascinating Koeru concept as per the opinion of tipsters.
Abiding by Koeru concept- one can expect this new 2018 Mazda CX-7 model to have an ultra-seek design and slew of intriguing details in its fascia and rear. Starting with its front, leaked images confirm a hugely sculpted hood and shield-shaped grille with linear lines as air vents. This frontal grille protrudes into the head burners thereby presenting this model with a really appealing and handsome appearance.
Its frontal headlights will come with revised DRL LEDs, and the fog lights will also get upgraded. Its frontal bumper will be stronger as compared to its last released model.
This model will make use of lightweight components like carbon fiber and aluminum, to enhance its acceleration and stability. Wheel arches will have plastic cladding which will continue all the way to the rear bumper.
The large sized All-season tires will be present for both on-road and off-road capabilities. Backlights, exhaust tips, and some chrome styling again are likely to come as per leaked images.
The seats in the 2018 Mazda CX-7 along with its armrests will be covered with quality leather upholstery and will also have some contrast stitching. Control panel will undergo upgrades and will see the presence of possible 9.8-inch Infotainment system having navigation, music and smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity.
The frontal seats will have heating feature and its revised gauge cluster seems to incorporate all the driver-convenient features. There is ample space between seats which is something which fans will like. And also there is plenty of space back end for storage.
The 2018 Mazda CX-7 also consists of numerous safety specs namely- brake assist, tire-pressure monitoring, side curtain airbags, front seat occupant front and side airbags. A few others include- stability control, Antilocking brakes, rear-view camera and much more.
The details about the engine of the 2018 Mazda CX-7 is still not clear. However, speculations hold that it could get a SkyActive 2.0-liter engine with a new 6-speed RWD and AWD automatic transmission. With 8 speed manual as optional. The power output of this new engine could be around 155 HP.
Along with this base engine, tipsters also have the belief that a more powerful variant of the SkyActive engine will also come as optional. That engine could be a 2.5-liter SkyActive turbocharged engine with the ability to churn out 184 HP. The EPA rating of this engine is around 26 mpg on freeways, 21 mpg in the city and 24 mpg combined. With this engine, it will make the 0-60 mph sprint in 6.1 seconds- give or take!
If that is not all, some tipsters have even hinted at the chance of a separate oil-burner. As its 3rd engine option, the 2018 Mazda CX-7 may come with a 2.2-liter diesel engine also mated to a 6-speed auto transmission. The power output of this engine is going to be somewhere around 173 HP.
Continuing with the engine, there is also the word that an all new suspension could find its way into the entire configuration.
Market Release, Price and Competitions
There is still some cloud as to when will 2018 Mazda CX-7 hit dealerships. The new model will come out during the 1-2nd quarter of 2018. As for the price, it could be somewhere around $21,000 for base trims and extend to $40,000 for high-end trims. All in all, this model seems well on its way to give Chevy Equinox, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 a good competition.