Following its successful launches in North America and Japan, the Mazda CX-7 is set to be just as popular in Europe following a test and tuning programme in Germany, the manufacturer has claimed.
The crossover SUV will adopt "specifically engineered characteristics" to meet the demands of European drivers ahead of its launch in September.
Around 30 per cent of the setup of the Mazda CX-7 in Europe will differ to other global versions, with adaptations to handling, ride comfort, suspension, steering, brakes and noise from windows and the road.
A feeling of connection to the road is "crucial" to European drivers, according to the automaker and this was the main reason for the suspension overhaul. The unique requirements of Europe’s roads also necessitated intensive chassis testing.
To confirm the suitability of the changes, the CX-7 was taken on the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife track, mountain roads, Germany’s speed limit-free autobahn and also to northern Europe for winter trials.
Mazda states that, equipped with its various enhancements, the CX-7 is now "poised to set a new standard in its segment in Europe".