Alterations to the design are minimal, focusing on the grille, with a bit of chrome trim added to the surrounds, and new foglamp “bezels”. The interior also sports new chrome trim, while a new steering wheel has controls for the audio system.
A new model has been launched, featuring a 2,5-litre engine, as found in the Mazda3 and Mazda6. It produces 120 kW and 205 Nm, and has been mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The big news here is that this entry-level CX-7 is front-wheel drive only, and is R100 000 cheaper than the 2.3 DISI Turbo.
The 2,3-litre turbocharged model remains, with 175 kW and 350 Nm, as well as a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The CX-7’s ventilated disc-brake system integrates Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS), and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) functions. The 2.3 DISI turbo model also collaborates with the Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive to prevent wheel spin on slippery surfaces.
The facelifted CX-7 has an extensive standard equipment package: In-dash 6-disc CD player with MP3 capability, remote central locking, cruise control, and an anti-theft alarm system. New leather seats with front seat heating come standard across the range.
Additional luxury features available in the 2.3 DISI Turbo model include a rear-view monitor system which helps the driver park and drive safely in reverse, a Bose premium audio system with nine speakers, Xenon headlamps with auto levelling and headlamp washers, an electric sliding glass sunroof and rain-sensing wipers.
Prices for the CX-7 are as follows:
Mazda CX-7 2.5L Dynamic R333 700
Mazda CX-7 2.3L DISI Turbo Individual R433 500