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Mazda plans new people-carrier

24 August 2004

This is Mazda’s all-new 5 MPV, which is set to go on sale in the UK next year from around £14,000.

New 5 can seat up to seven people

This is Mazda’s all-new 5 MPV, which is set to go on sale in the UK next year from around £14,000.

It will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show this September, but buyers will have to wait until autumn 2005 to get their hands on the car.

The 5 is based on the same platform as the Ford Focus C-Max, which should ensure it is a decent drive, although the Mazda features some major differences to its stablemate.

Unlike the five-seater C-Max, the Mazda is available with either six or seven seats and features a pair of sliding side doors to provide easy access to the rear of the cabin.

In the seven-seater car, the centre chair in the middle row can be folded flat and stored beneath the seat next to it to increase load space. Mazda has yet to release any images of the system in operation, but says it will be called ‘Six plus one’.

Three engines will be available at launch: 104bhp 1.6-litre and 148bhp 2.0-litre petrols, and a 107bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel.

Specifications haven’t been announced yet, but the 5 should have six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electric windows, remote central locking and electric mirrors. Most models should also get a CD player and air-conditioning.

Mazda’s existing five-seater Premacy midi-MPV and seven-seater full-sized people-carrier, called MPV, will be available until this autumn, but the company then faces a year-long stretch without a people-carrier in its line-up.

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