Join Date: May 2001
AUS: New Tribute Heads Mazda's Show Line Up
The revised Tribute 4WD range, which features an additional model, interior upgrades and a price realignment, heads a new-look Mazda line up at the Brisbane International Motor Show.
Also starring is the range-topping Mazda2 Genki, complete with a bold body kit, front fog lamps and ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD and Brake Assist.
The sporty Mazda2 Genki goes on sale later this month priced from $22,195 and joins the Mazda2 Neo and Maxx models that went on sale late last year.
All Mazda2 models are powered by a new MZR 1.5-litre engine that boasts Sequential Valve Timing to help deliver 82 kilowatts of class-leading power.
The Mazda2, which is new from the wheels up and larger in every dimension than the car it replaces, offers first class occupant protection, with all models coming standard with new-generation dual stage front airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners with dual stage load limiters, anti-whiplash front seats, an anti-intrusion brake pedal that reduces the chance of lower leg injuries in a heavy frontal impact and five lap/sash seatbelts.
The Mazda2 is the car maker’s second all-new model to be released in the past six months, with the award-winning Mazda6 also making its first appearance at the Brisbane show.
In the past 12 months Mazda has also upgraded its 323 range, launched a revised MX-5 and facelifted the Premacy, MPV people mover and B Series models.
The expanded and updated Tribute 4WD wagon range now includes a Limited Sport V6 variant and introduces a more luxurious interior for Classic and Luxury models.
The revised range also benefits from a price realignment across the automatic-only V6 range, with savings of between $430 and $1330 depending on the model.
The Limited V6 model is now priced from $34,990, the Classic from $39,990 and the Luxury is priced from $43,350.
The new Limited Sport, which is priced from $36,990, adopts the velour cloth interior from the superseded Classic model and features a host of additional equipment over the V6 Limited.
Standard equipment on the Limited Sport over that found on the Limited includes new-look 16x6.5 alloy wheels, front fog lamps and roof rails. Inside, it boasts cruise control, driver’s seat height and lumbar adjustment and high-grade velour cloth trim on the seats and doors.
Safety features on all 150 kilowatt, V6 Tribute models include dual front airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners and ABS anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake force Distribution. The range-topping Luxury also gets front seat-mounted side airbags and a leather covered steering wheel.
The Classic and Luxury Tributes now come with a new-look interior that features black dash and trim panels, as well as an alloy-look centre dash panel.
The Classic features new black velour and suede-like seat and door trim, while the Luxury model comes with black leather.
Standard equipment on the Classic and Luxury models also includes 16x7 alloy wheels and tyres, a power-operated sunroof and a six-stack in-dash CD player.
“The introduction of the revised Classic and Luxury models with a more luxurious interior will ensure that these vehicles remain the popular choice within the Tribute range and a favourite with 4WD wagon buyers looking for performance, luxury and value”, Gough said.
Front mud flaps have been added across the Tribute range, which is priced from $30,990 for the manual Limited four-cylinder.
Equipment levels are generous, with all models coming standard with air conditioning, remote central locking, a luggage cover, power radio antenna, power windows and mirrors, dual airbags, a cargo area auxiliary power point, a split fold rear seat and a flip-up rear window.
All V6 variants feature an electronically controlled, four-speed automatic gearbox.
Since its introduction in February 2001, the Tribute has established a reputation as one of the most capable off-roaders in its class, particularly in V6 guise, with its 3.0-litre engine delivering 266Nm of pulling power.
Revised engine management software ensures more progressive “off-the-line” acceleration.
With ground clearance ranging from 201mm to 214mm depending on model and tyre specification, and short front and rear overhangs, the Tribute can venture further off-road than many of its rivals.
To maximise traction, Tribute is equipped with an on-demand four-wheel-drive system that gives it all-road, all-weather capability. Called “Rotary Blade Coupling” it quickly activates when conditions, both on road and off, demand.
The four-wheel-drive system automatically senses when the front wheels begin to slip and hydraulically transfers power to the rear wheels for improved traction. This seamless transfer of up to 50 percent of the engine’s torque ensures that additional traction is on hand when the driver needs it.
For added off-road performance, a dash-mounted switch activates an electro-magnetic coupling, enabling the driver to lock the system in four-wheel drive, spreading engine power and torque 50/50 front to rear.
Like other Mazdas, the Tribute, which features MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension, delivers first-class handling, steering and ride comfort.
The Brisbane International Motor Show runs from February 7 to 16.