The CX-7 is a mid-size crossover SUV model from Mazda, the production version of the MX-Crossport concept car. The CX-7 is built in Hiroshima, Japan, starting in early 2006. The CX-7 was shown publicly for the first time at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show in January. Production officially began on February 20 at Mazda's Ujina#2 factory in Hiroshima. The CX-7 went on sale in spring 2006 as a 2007 model. It is also Mazda's first mid-size SUV since the Navajo was discontinued in 1994.
Though outwardly similar, the CX-7 and the Mazda CX-9 do not share platforms. The CX-7 shares the front suspension of the Mazda MPV minivan and the rear suspension from the Mazda5. It shares its turbocharged inline-4 engine with the Mazdaspeed6 and uses a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 2012 model year will be the last year for the CX-7 to make way for the release of the CX-5. The CX-5 has a more efficient powertrain and more interior room, while its exterior is smaller than the CX-7.
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