Mazda is hit again. The CX-5 made an impact and the carmaker continued to improve their offer. Now we can see larger and smaller models. However, that is not all and the 2021 Mazda CX-7 could be the next vehicle. Well, this nameplate was recently discontinued and it won’t take too long before the company brings it back.
We believe the new 2021 Mazda CX-7 will be positioned between CX-5 and the mid-size three-row CX-9. In Japan, the CX-8 is available and the CX-7 could be rebadged version for other markets. Other possibilities are to see it as the coupe crossover SUV, which is something new for the Japanese carmaker. Finally, like with the CX-30, the CX-7 is going to be the hybrid version of CX-5 or CX-9.
Let’s check out the pros and cons, as well as the possibilities for the CX-7.
2021 Mazda CX-7 Possible Engines
The last time we saw the CX-7 on the market, it carried a 2.5-liter inline-four engine with 160 hp and 160 lb-ft. The same drivetrain is still used by Mazda, but it creates more power. Besides this one, we had a turbocharged unit producing 245 horsepower. However, a 2.3-liter displacement was discontinued.
A 2.5-liter powerplant is not making 187 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, and it could take place under the bonnet of the 2021 Mazda CX-7. The company developed the SkyActiv technology that makes petrol engines work as a diesel unit and improve a fuel economy. In this case, the four-pot can return 25/31 mpg on CX-5.
The turbocharged model is making the crossovers more powerful. If you need 230-250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of twist, the turbo engine is a better choice.
Finally, the turbodiesel unit is an option. A 2.2-liter engine is creating 170 horsepower and 290 lb-ft. Combined, the engine can return respectable fuel economy. The 2021 Mazda CX-7 will be slightly heavier than CX-5, but the mileage won’t suffer too much. A six-speed transmission is the power router for all engines.
The entire automotive industry is moving toward electrification. Mazda is not different. They already added a hybrid option for the CX-30 and the next model to get a similar drivetrain system is the most popular CX-5. The company is not unveiling details yet, but it will be interesting to see how this technology fits with the SkyActiv engine. Definitely, the 2021 Mazda CX-7 could be one of the most efficient crossovers in the market. Still, this doesn’t mean it will beat Toyota Rav4 with 42 mpg by its hybrid model.
Could The 2021 Mazda CX-7 Be Coupe Crossover?
This is an interesting theory. There are no too many coupe-like crossovers in the non-premium market. The Japanese company is somewhere luxury and standard segment and the new 2021 Mazda CX-7 fits the class. It will be larger than CX-5 and shorter than CX-9. It might be a smaller, coupe version of a bigger crossover and it is not getting a three-row version in this case.
There is a lot of room between the two existing vehicles. The CX-5 is 180 inches long, while the CX-9 reaches 200 inches in length. So, the new 2021 Mazda CX-7 could be about 190+ inches, with a 110-inch wheelbase.
It is not hard to predict Mazda’s design. Large and bold grille with aggressive styling is definitely the trademark of this brand. The coupe design is going to be the highlight.
Inside, the new crossover will borrow features and options from the latest updated vehicles in the family. The CX-5 came with a lot of improvements for the cabin. It is now less noisy and you won’t feel too much vibration. Even the base models are packed with some accessories that are available at higher levels for the competition. Climbing up the trim levels, you will get leather upholstery and advanced safety options.
The downside of the aggressive look is going to be the lack of space if the 2021 Mazda CX-7 really becomes a coupe crossover. Still, there will be enough headroom at the back, but there won’t be too much space for the cargo. Third row? Forget about it.
2021 Mazda CX-7 Release Date and Price
All we know about the new crossover are just rumors without the official source. Leaked stories are enough to start speculations, so everything we mentioned is options for the new 2021 Mazda CX-7. On the other hand, if it is not official doesn’t mean the company is not working on its comeback.
According to the latest info, the new CX-7 will be built in the new factory. Mazda joins forces with Toyota, and the plant will start working early next year (source: Car and Driver). The first models will roll out from factory lanes a few months later.