Mazda CX-7 Spy Photos

Text by Brian Potter

Mazda of North America announced in May the MX-Crossport Concept (debut at Detroit Motor Show in January) will go into production and be called the CX-7. This new nomenclature designation for Mazda represents crossover/SUV type vehicle(s) in the model lineup just as MX(5) refers to piston sports car, RX(8) refers to rotary sports cars and MAZDA(#) refers to their core passenger cars.

The CX-7 will be almost identical in appearance to the MX-Crossport Concept but the interior will be much more sedate. Engines include 2.3 liter turbo with front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive, 3.0 liter and 3.5 liter V6 engines. The CX-7 will be exclusively built in Hiroshima, Japan. Expect production version debut at Detroit 2006. (JapaneseCarFans.com)

Yum, yum....A Mazda SUV! Earlier the Mazda concept MX was pretty good, it got that BMW X5 looks, solid from the front to back but still very japanese. This could challenge Nissan Murano in the stylish SUV market. Sadly, Honda and Toyota, the two big guns thus far did not have a solid SUV contender, wonder why.