The all-new Mazda CX-4 is one fancy-schmancy with pretty good perspective, so it was quite surprising decision to skip the North American market. However, now it seems more logical, because we have just found out that the US drivers are getting something similar, but better. According to the newest reports, the Japanese car manufacturer plans to bring back the CX-7 crossover, yet this time the vehicle won’t come as a classic SUV, but more like the coupe-like high-riding model with rather premium touch. In a way, the 2018 Mazda CX-7 will be exactly the same as the all-new CX-4, except it will be notably bigger.
PLATFORM AND ENGINES
Yes, the future crossover-coupe will use the same underpinnings as the CX-4 and CX-5, but the platform will be a bit extended. This would enable more space inside, which is really important to all US drivers. Except of the chassis, the 2018 CX-7 will also “steal” most of the engine options, so it’s possible to see a base 2.0-liter Skyacive engine, which will power the base model. The unit delivers 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of twist, and really impressive fuel economy. There will be also a bigger 2.5-litter unit with 184 hp and 185 lb-ft, while the carmaker could surprise everyone with the ultra-efficient diesel option too. The 2.2-liter diesel mill produces 173 ponies and 310 lb-ft. You will be able to choose between the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission, as well as the standard front-wheel drive and the optional AWD.
EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR REDESIGN
We haven’t seen any prototype yet, so it’s pretty hard to know exact the details. However, the rumors indicate it will largely resemble the Koeru concept, so it should look really impressive. Some of Mazda’s distinctive details like a shield-shaped grille or the aggressive headlights are expected too. Still, the most important thing is car’s profile that will be pretty dynamic and impressive – just like the CX-4’s. Inside, the 2018 Mazda CX-7 will also look a lot to the aforementioned concept. Of course, the automaker will use some other stuff, like CX-5’s steering wheel, but essentially the interior will look like Koeru’s. This means you can expect plenty of aluminum and really big infotainment touchscreen that won’t be integrated into the center console, but free-standing.
ESTIMATED PRICE AND ARRIVAL
The carmaker is still silent about this matter, and we will have to wait for more information. After all, the 2018 Mazda CX-7 won’t come before early 2018, so there is plenty of time for more rumors. Speaking of which, the latest speculations indicate that the base model could cost around $25,000, which isn’t too high at all.