Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Mazda5 Facelift To Premiere In Bologna
The 2008 Mazda5 facelift will make its European debut at the Bologna Motor Show, starting December 5, 2007. Set to hit European showrooms in early 2008, the facelifted compact MPV features a revised 2.0-liter powertrain, new power sliding doors, enhanced comfort and safety along with suspension revisions.
The MRZ 2.0-liter petrol engine has been completely revised and now has electric throttle and sequential valve timing (S-VT), which makes maximum torque available at a much lower engine speed than before. Two newly-introduced transmissions enhance the revised engine: a six-speed manual transmission as standard and an optional five-speed automatic – a first for the Mazda5 line-up. According to Mazda, the new MZR 2.0-litre uses 4 percent less fuel than the outgoing 2.0-litre. The revised MPV also features new front dampers and a refined suspension along with a newly optimized brake booster.
The 2008 Mazda5 can be equipped optionally with new power sliding rear doors that open and close in less than five seconds and stop automatically if obstructed. They are operated by a button from the driver’s seat, by the door handles or by the remote control key.
Inside, the Mazda5 facelift features a new navigation and audio systems while the interior is quieter and more comfortable thanks to the new multi-resonator located around the fresh air intake duct that lowers engine noise, strengthened wheel rims and Thinsulate insulation sheeting newly added to the roof liner to reduce road noise.