New at the British International Motor Show at the Birmingham NEC is the latest offering from the Mazda Premacy line-up. A seven-seat version of the popular people mover, the Mazda Premacy 7 Seater goes on sale in November.
Offered either as a 2.0-litre petrol or 2.0-litre diesel, with three specification levels the Mazda Premacy 7 Seater starts at £13,995 and has the addition of a third row of seats with the individual removable second row being replaced with a 50/50 split fold row of seats. The Mazda Premacy 7 Seater will run on 15" alloys and the petrol version will be fitted with an electric tilt and slide sunroof.
It is expected that the Mazda Premacy 7 Seater will take 17.5% of Premacy sales with the majority of sales coming from competitive 7-seat models.
The Mazda Premacy 7 Seater line up is:
|2.0 GSE AT||£15,595|
|2.0 GXE Diesel||£14,495|
Externally the Mazda Premacy 7 Seater is almost identical to the five-seat version with the distinctive five-point grille, combination rear lamps and round front fog lamps. The only external difference is the deletion of the roof rails.
Inside the Mazda Premacy 7 Seater has an abundance of oddment storage with bottle holders for all the family and plenty of places to tidy away that holiday mess.
The suspension is fine tuned to give a compliant ride with excellent stability and a rigid body offers good handling characteristics. Road noise is kept to a minimum through high damper rigidity, soft strut mounting rubbers and the low noise tyres specially developed for the Mazda Premacy.
The 2.0-litre engine offers great performance even when the Mazda Premacy is fully loaded; this power unit is a highly refined engine generating 130 bhp and maximum torque of 171 Nm. The engine offers brisk acceleration and real drivability and with a non-linear throttle control link the Mazda Premacy has a more precise and smooth accelerator control. The engine will accelerate the Mazda Premacy from 0-62 mph in just 10.7 seconds.
The 16-valve 2.0-litre direct injection turbo diesel offers frugal fuel consumption at a combined figure of 44.1 mpg with 0-62 of 11.6 seconds and a top speed of 106 mph. As with all Mazda diesels the engine is very responsive and a quiet operator with plenty of torque at 230 Nm at 2000 rpm.
Noise, vibration and harshness are kept to a minimum through a number of engineering devices, mainly a very rigid clutch housing on the manual and a stiff torque-converter on the automatic transmission.
Safety has been a major consideration in the Mazda Premacy. With standard disc brakes front and rear, ABS and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), passenger, driver and front side airbags, ISOFIX child seat fixing, and with traction control as standard on the petrol version, safety in the Mazda Premacy is well catered for.Published 25 October 2002