Mazda MPV II / Mazda MPV / Japanese minivan for a BIG family. Video review, test drive ...
Mazda MPV debuted in 1989 in the North American market, later the car appeared in Europe.
Mazda MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) - a multi-purpose vehicle. It can be attributed to high-capacity station wagons that are between ordinary station wagons and minivans.
In 1995, restyling was carried out, changing the shape of the front fenders, bonnet, front bumper, headlights and radiator grille. This gave the MPV some resemblance to the Mazda 929. The rear end also underwent a change. They touched the bumper and lighting unit.
Car 7-seater, with three rows of seats. The first and second are designed for two, rear - for three passengers. The middle and rear seats can be folded down or removed. This forms a spacious compartment for luggage. The height of the cabin is such that it is possible to move freely along it, only slightly stooping. The seats are set higher than in conventional cars, there is a passage between the front and middle.
Mazda MPV first generation has established itself as one of the best minivans among classmates. Roomy interior, transformed at the discretion of the owner, powerful enough engines contributed to the high demand for the car.
However, the MPV of the first years of release suffered from overweight (1775 kg). The use of a rigid rear axle beam had a negative effect on both the handling and the smoothness of the car, in addition, it was not possible to make the floor level. In addition, MPV minivans differed rather ordinary appearance.
In 1999, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Mazda introduced the second generation MPV. It was not just an update or upgrade, the car was made from scratch. The main external difference then the new front-wheel MPV from the old one was in the proportions of the body. The changes were due to layout and platform features. The previous (rear wheel drive) model had an all-wheel drive version. Under the appropriate transmission required space, so the body gave the impression of pursed bottom. Now the transmission is compactly located in the front, providing more volume to passengers.
Significant processing has undergone the appearance of the car. The exterior was the embodiment of the Mazda corporate identity, it harmoniously combined the characteristic V-shaped radiator lining, smoothly flowing into the relief of the bonnet, head optics and a massive emblem of the company.
Through the use of front-wheel drive, the MPV layout has changed, and the curb weight has dropped to 1,558 kg. For the same reason, increased the useful volume of the cabin, torsion rear suspension allowed to make the floor smooth, rising to the rear of the car. Due to this, each successive row of seats is located above the previous one, which improves visibility for passengers.
All doors of the minivan are impressive in size, especially the fifth - the back. It is lowered low, and there is a notch in the bumper, so the loading height is small. The rear side sliding doors, without such a modern minivan can not do.
The driver's seat has a mechanical adjustment, quite comfortable and allows you to get comfortable to a person of almost any height. All the seats of the passenger compartment are the same, with the possibility of longitudinal movement and backrest tilt.
The luggage compartment of the car can be changed from 294 to 2745 liters by removing the second and third rows of seats. The cabin provides a huge number of drawers for small items. The European version of the MPV is equipped with a two-liter engine capacity of 122 hp, which meets the strict environmental requirements.
On the American market, the minivan comes only with a 170-horsepower 2.5 liter V6 engine. It is noteworthy that this Ford power unit from the Duratec family.
On the go MPV second generation almost passenger car. Only lucky seven or a pile of luggage.
In 2003, the company announced an updated version of the Mazda MPV. The novelty became a bit more spacious, acquired a more modern look, which helped to attract additional attention of buyers to the car.
The updated MPV was distinguished, firstly, by a body that was extended by 40 millimeters, by a different design of the front end with a new bumper, characteristic of all Mazda models of those years, with a grille and new headlights. The rear bumper also differed in form from that previously installed. In the interior trim began to use slightly different, better materials, as well as aluminum inserts on the dashboard.
Two engines are offered for the updated generation: 2.3 liters with a capacity of 141 hp. and 2.0 liter capacity of 136 hp turbodiesel. It is noteworthy that the anti-skid system began to be installed on all versions of the minivan.
In November 2005, a new generation MPV was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show, sales of which will begin next spring. This modern car is the result of many years of experience in the minivan market.
Since the presence of a spacious cabin for cars of this class has long been the norm, Mazda decided to play on comfort. The company took into account all the desires of consumers when creating this car. For example, MPV equipped with such a function as the "People Mover" (the entrance platform of the minivan is lowered with the level of the sidewalk). The car has a very comfortable cabin. In addition, in order to make it easier for passengers to fit all three rows of seats, the bottom of the car is lower than on other cars of the same class. And for a more stable position of the body wheels are strictly in the corners, respecting the proportion.
If you look at this car from the front, you can see quite original, elongated headlights that give a fresh look to the front of this model. Looking at the MPV from the side, you can see that the contours of the roof and the contours of the headlights emphasize the image of the power of the car.
The instrument panel has a darkened backlight and technology elements of three-dimensional graphics. Its essence lies in the fact that the surface of the panel shades the image, creating at the same time the imaginary three-dimensionality of the displayed elements. The creators have not left without attention and interior lighting. The power plant Mazda MPV is a diesel engine MZR 2.3L DISI TURBO volume of 2.3 liters. The combination of direct injection and turbine generates a decent output and high torque of this V-shaped 6-cylinder engine. In addition, this car is also installed an engine similar to that installed on the Mazda Atenza Speed. It works in tandem with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which for the first time can be seen on minivan class cars.
Driving is also carried out at the highest level. For example, the use of various designs in the vehicle's suspension and its bearing part of the body provide the rigidity of the frame. In addition, the front suspension is equipped with McPherson struts. It is also expected the emergence of such opportunities as the absorption of various noise produced by the suspension of the vehicle by the suspension.
The dimensions of the car are: length - 4870 mm, width - 1850 mm and height - 1685 mm. The wheelbase of the model is 2950 mm, the front track is 1610 mm, the rear track is 1605 mm. The number of seats - 8. All wheels of the car are of equal size -215 / 55R18.
New Mazda MPV is created for those who like minivans with a high level of quality, sophisticated design and high dynamic performance. The car combines a spacious, practical interior with high-quality materials, elegant proportions and embossed, athletic forms.