LOS ANGELES – Mazda North American Operations has revealed details of its upcoming 2007 Mazda CX-7 crossover sport/utility vehicle (SUV). The car made its public debut at the upcoming Greater Los Angeles Auto Show and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Mazda CX-7 is the first of three all-new Mazda vehicles designed and engineered specifically for the North American market. The five-seat CX-7 is produced on entirely Mazda-derived platform architecture, and the exterior design of the Mazda CX-7 is an extension of the sports car motif in-fluenced by the 1995 RX-01 and 2005 MX-Crossport concept vehicles. An interior design, also previewed by the MX-Crossport concept, features three-dial instrument cluster, sports car-inspired high-mounted shifter, and form-fitting front bucket seats. The instrument panel consists of a ‘double-roof’ structure, in which a small ‘roof’ over the meter cluster is posi-tioned just in front of a large ‘roof’ that extends across the entire instrument panel. The 60-40 split rear seat accommodates three adults and quickly converts to an extension of the 29.9-cu. ft. cargo hold, bringing total cargo capacity up to 58.6-cu. ft. The 39-inch-long rear compartment (seats up) offers more stowage space than some larger SUVs. The Mazda CX-7 is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled 2.3L, four-cylinder, direct-injection gasoline engine that produces 244-horsepower at 5,000 rpm. While key powertrain features are shared with the recently launched MAZDASPEED6, the Mazda CX-7 is tuned to deliver 258 lb-ft of torque at a 2,500 rpm, and at least 99-percent of the maximum torque available all the way to the 5,000 rpm horsepower peak. Mazda CX-7 arrives in spring 2006 as a 2007 model. Mazda North American Operations is respon-sible for the sales and marketing, customer parts, and service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States.

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