Mazda dealers are ready for a new push with the CX-7 thanks to the arrival of a diesel derivative last month.
The CX-7 was launched in 2007 in 2.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine form only.
Although it slotted Mazda into the sports 4x4 market, volumes were low given the UK’s predominant taste for diesel SUVs.
Now, along with a mild facelift, CX-7 has a 2.2-litre turbodiesel that generates 171bhp, manages 37.7mpg and brings CO2 emissions down to 199g/km. It puts CX-7 into line with consumer demands and is targeted with 500-1,000 sales annually.
It’s a single, highly specified model, with standard features, including leather upholstery, heated electric front seats, climate control, BOSE audio, cruise control, sat-nav and Bluetooth.
Safety systems now include automatic hazard light activation on hard braking and a system that alerts drivers to vehicles approaching in their blind-spots.
Rivals: VW Tiguan, Ford Kuga,