MAZDA FIGHTER

ONE STEP AHEAD

Mazda recently revamped the B2500 Fighter 4WD truck. And many steps have been taken to bring about a fresh new look. Exterior-wise, there is now a two-tone colour scheme and the roll-bar at the rear is now colour-coded for a harmonious effect. The effect is completed by distinctive 16-inch alloy wheels that are shod with Sime Alpina tyres.

The familiar 2.5-litre intercooled trubodiesel with indirect fuel injection has been improved: a 12-valve single camshaft unit that delivers more power at 121 bhp at 3500rpm (from 117bhp) and 262 Nm of torque at 2000rpm.

The Fighter continues to have a five-speed manual transmission. The suspension is basically similar to the previous model with an independent double wishbone front supported by torsion bar and tubular double acting shock absorbers. The rear is served by rigid leafsprings with double acting shock absorbers. Its is in the tuning of the suspension that separates it from the old.

Significant changes include an anti-lock brake system (BS) for the standard front discs rear drums brake arrangement, dual airbags for front occupants, stronger side impact beams in the doors and limited slip differential.

On the road, the ride comfort is impressive. Rear passengers are not tossed about like basketball over bumps and there is no noticeable pitching on the highway due to irregular road surfaces.

Torgue is adequate, enough pull to give you that quick charge for a turbodiesel which is more than adequate to flow in with the highway traffic. Intrusion of engine noise is also kept to a minimum and you can cruise along on the highway and enjoy the music without increasing the music volume.

At about RM87,000 on the road, the new Mazda Fighter appears to be as attractively priced as before. It has added another RM10,000 but you do get a better package in engineering and fittings than before. Another attraction is the new range of colours to add fresh sparkle to its novelty.

Factfile

 

How big?

 

Length

5135mm

Width

1878mm

Height

1760mm

Wheelbase

3000mm

Weight

1764kg

Engine

 

Layout

4 cylinders in line, 2500cc diesel turbo with intercooler

Max power

121 bhp at 3500rpm

Max torque

262Nm at 3500rpm

Suspension

 

Front

Independent double wishbones with tubular shock absorbers

Rear

Rigid leaf springs with double acting shock absorbers

Please contact Mr Peter for more details.

 

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