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Face-lifted Mazda MPV in Japan
By Yoann Besnard on 15 January 2008 | (0) Comments | Permalink
Mazda has unveiled a face-lifted MPV in Japan, two years after hitting the showrooms. The main changes concern a new front fascia, a new five speed automatic gearbox and equipment upgrades.
Despite being only two year old, the current MPV seemed to belong to the old generation due to its overall design. As it's still too soon to replace it, Mazda revamped the exterior styling by featuring the new corporate DNA: new upper and lower grilles, and bumper. At the rear end, it comes with new lights with integrated red lenses while the 18-inch alloy wheels have been redesigned with gentle curves. The freshened MPV looks more aggressive. Fve new colors have been added: Metropolitan Grey Mica, Diamond Grey Metallic, Lilac Silver Metallic, Maroon Red Mica and Sparkling Black Mica.
On the inside, the main visual change is the central console which gets a new wide silver panel. The very cool optional second row Super Relax Seats has been improved as it now provides more legroom by extending the front/back seat slide range rearward by 80 mm.
Under the bonnet, the MPV keeps the ubiquitous 2.3-litre turbocharged engine in either naturally aspirated or turbocharged versions, but hooked it up to a new five-speed automatic gearbox. Chassis has laso been refined for comfort.