Mazda comeback

MAZDAíS lost CX-7 could be about to make a comeback as a seven-seat extended-wheelbase version of the strong-selling CX-5.

The move should give Mazda more muscle in one of the fastestgrowing sectors of the Australian market. It also flags Mazdaís plans to rely more heavily on SUVs for its future product mix, and less on traditional passenger cars as buyersí tastes continue to swing to the higher-riding, more ruggedlooking format. The CX-7 was Mazdaís first stand-alone SUV, arriving in 2006, but dropped here in 2012 to make way for the CX-5.

The new CX-7 would naturally fit between the CX-5 and the new CX-9 due in 2016. It will arm Mazda with a quartet of SUVs in three segments, and provide a seven-seat rival to the X-Trail, Nissanís top-selling passenger car.