Mazda MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) is a car that was manufactured by Mazda from 1988 to 2016. From 1988 to 2016, there were three generations of the Mazda MPV. The first-generation was released from 1988 to 1999, the second-generation was released from 1999 to 2006 and the third-generation was released from 2006 to 2016.
The Mazda MPV is a five-door (four-door 1988-1995) minivan that can accommodate 7 or 8 passengers depending on seat arrangement.
The Mazda MPV 1989 model was basically designed as a minivan on the Mazda’s minivan LV platform which was a large platform that allowed options such as V6 and 4WD. These earlier Mazda MPVs were rear-wheel drive as standard, with 4WD as an option. This first-generation model comes with three drivetrain options. The inline 4-cylinder 2.6-liter SOHC G6 engine with a displacement of 2605cc, an average power of 92 KW (123 HP) at 4600 rpm as standard, the other three options were the inline 4-cylinder 2.5-liter G5 engine that produces 76 KW (102 HP) at 4000 rpm, the inline 6-cylinder 3.0-liter, SOHC 18-valve JE engine that produces 116 KW (155 HP) at 5000 rpm and the inline 4-cylinder 2.5-liter diesel WL engine that produces 92 KW (123 HP) at 4200 rpm. These were attached to either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.
1998 Mazda MPV Diesel
In 1999, a new Mazda MPV was introduced by Mazda as a 2000 model.
This time, Mazda dropped the large platform and opted using its short-wheelbase LW platform. Some of the interior and exterior features introduced on this model included dual rear sliding doors with roll down power windows and a foldable third-row seat. In 2004, there were a few updates on the interior and exterior looks of the MPV such as new headlights, transparent tail lights on the exterior, and a new steering wheel and upgrades around the dash for the interior. Depending on trim levels(ES, LX, LX-Sport), you get extra options such as customized wheels, enhanced tail lights, ABS, rear-mounted spoiler, leather seats, rear air conditioner, power sliding doors, and DVD player. On the drivetrain front, Mazda continued using Ford’s 2.5-liter V6 AJ engine, Mazda’s 2.0-liter RF MZR common rail turbodiesel, and some other engines. In 2002, Mazda introduced the inline 4-cylinder 2.3-liter L3-VE engine as a replacement of the 2.0 and 2.5 liter 4-cylinders. The 2.3-liter L3-VE (MZR) DOHC engine produces 122 KW (164 HP) at 6500 rpm with an average consumption of 8L/100KM. The L3-VE had a turbo version which was the 2.3-liter Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) turbo L3-VDT that was introduced in 1995. It produces an average power of 196 KW (263 HP) at 5500 rpm. These engines were attached to a 4 and 6-speed automatic transmission.
2006 Mazda MPV 2.3 Turbo 4WD
In 2008, the MPV was upgraded. These new upgrades gave the MPV new looks that are so catchy and the technicalities made it a beast. Keyless entry, automatic sliding doors, mid-row captain seats are standard and the dashboard has been revised and modernized. The gear shift has been moved to the bottom of the entertainment screen. Radio controls have been added on the steering wheel, and cup holders in the middle of the front seats unlike the pull out cup holder on the previous models. Externally, a new front bumper with fog lights were also installed. The 2.3L drivetrain remained as standard, but the 4-speed automatic transmission was replaced with a 5-speed transaxle, while 6-speed remained on the 4WD and turbocharged.
2009 Mazda MPV