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Mazda B Series Goes Freestyle - Overview

The Mazda B Series now offers an innovative four-door Freestyle Cab model with rear-hinged doors, providing unparalleled cabin access for both passengers and luggage.

The new Bravo Freestyle Cab, which combines rear-hinged back doors with “traditional” front doors but without a central B pillar, is part of a comprehensive upgrade for the popular Bravo.

Other improvements include new styling, a revised and more comfortable cabin and re-tuned suspension.

Replacing the Cab Plus model in the Bravo line-up, the four-door Freestyle Cab gives easy access to the rear, with the generous space behind the front seats available for storing luggage securely. Alternatively, individual seats can be folded down to provide comfortable accommodation for two adults. Each rear seat passenger gets a lap/sash seatbelt.

The revised Bravo range adopts Mazda’s athletic design DNA.

The comprehensive B Series range of Single Cab Chassis, Single Cab Utility, Freestyle Cab and Dual Cab models, feature the company’s five-point grille, new headlamps and tail lights.

Single Cab models get painted front bumpers, while the range-topping Dual Cab SDX has dynamic-looking wheel arch extensions, new-look alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim highlights, larger tyres and an optional two-tone metallic paint scheme.

Inside, the upgrades include reprofiled seats with firmer padding and thicker seatback bolsters, new-look instruments and new cloth trim.

Mechanical changes include revised suspension, more powerful brakes, sharper steering, a smoother-shifting manual gearbox and a bigger, more durable air cleaner. The Bravo range offers great value with it priced from just $19,745 for the petrol-engined Cab Chassis model (an increase of just $30 over the superseded version) to $42,610 for the SDX Dual Cab with a two-tone paint scheme.

The Bravo Plus pack is again offered on Dual Cab models, with 4x2 versions getting air conditioning and a color-keyed canopy and 4x4 models coming with air conditioning, colour-keyed canopy and chrome-finish bull bar.

The managing director of Mazda Australia, Malcolm Gough, said: “The innovative Freestyle Cab and the more aggressive-looking and better equipped Dual Cab SDX model, adds even more appeal to the popular B Series range.

“With its combination of good looks, high quality and go-anywhere 4X4 ability, the Bravo is ideally suited to both work and play, with the mechanical improvements ensuring the B Series remains at the forefront of the class”.

The B Series range is protected by Mazda’s innovative 2 Year/unlimited or 3 Year/100,000 kilometre warranty, allowing owners to choose the coverage best suited to their needs

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Mazda B Series Goes Freestyle - What’s New

The Bravo range features a more contemporary look. Changes include new head and tail lamps and a larger family five-point grille.
The interior of the B Series has also been updated and boasts reprofiled and more comfortable seats, a redesigned radio cassette head unit, improved speaker performance and alloy-finish trim highlights
Mazda has replaced the Stretch Cab model with a Freestyle Cab variant that features four-doors – the rear doors hinged at the back -- no central B pillar and unparalleled access to the cabin
Equipment levels have been improved on all models
Single Cab and Cab Chassis models now have a vanity mirror and new cloth trim
The Freestyle Cab gets upmarket velour cloth trim, larger front door armrests, power front windows and four speakers
Dual Cab SDX models come standard with wheelarch extensions, side steps, new-look alloy wheels, chrome-finish exterior trim highlights, larger 265/70R15 tyres, power mirrors, remote locking and four speakers
The Dual Cab SDX’s tyres increase ground clearance by 7mm to 218mm
The suspension has been retuned to improve the ride, while maintaining Bravo’s great handling
Changes to the steering have reduced wheel effort and improved straight-line stability
Braking has significantly improved with stopping distances reduced by 20 per cent over the superseded model
The new headlamps are 1.6 times brighter on low beam
To improve reliability and reduce servicing, all Bravos now come with a larger-capacity, cylindrical air cleaner.

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