With the introduction of a new, inline-four engine for its 2010 CX-7 crossover, Mazda takes a big step closer to its goal of offering “affordable” fuel economy to buyers around the world, the company’s chief executive declared, during a preview at the New York International Auto Show.
The 2010 Mazda CX-7 gets some minor visual tweaks, inside and out, for the upcoming model-year. But the real news is under the hood, where the company is adding an optional 16-valve, naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter I-4 engine. Delivering an estimated 21 mpg City and 28 Highway, Mazda Motor Co. CEO Takashi Yamanouchi hinted the new powertrain will come in at “even lower price point” than current offerings for the CX-7, though final pricing won’t be announced until just before the crossover’s autumn introduction.
With consumers turning towards more fuel-efficient products – and governments around the world, including the U.S., raising mileage standards – Mazda is pushing to get out in front of its competition. The automaker has set a goal of boosting its current fleet average fuel economy 30% by 2016, noted Yamanouchi. (more…)