The Mazda Biante (Japanese: マツダ・ビアンテ, Matsuda Biante) is an 8-seater minivan introduced for the Japanese market in 2008 by Mazda. The car fits between the Premacy and MPV in Mazda's range. The Biante is aimed at young couples with small children. The name "Biante" is derived from the Italian word for environment, ambiente.

Mazda Biante
Mazda Biante 01.JPG
Overview
ManufacturerMazda
Production2008–2018
Assembly
Body and chassis
ClassMinivan
Body style5-door van
Layout
PlatformMazda BK platform
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,850 mm (112.2 in) [1]
Length4,715 mm (185.6 in)
Width1,770 mm (69.7 in)
Height1,835 mm (72.2 in)
Curb weight1,660 kg (3,660 lb)

JapanEdit

 
Mazda Biante rear

The Biante had five grades; 20S, 20CS, 23S, 20C and Granz.

20CS was the cheapest of its grade, similar to 20C but no fog lamps, and really standard, and no longer available. This grade was the first grade to use Nanoe ion filter from Panasonic.

23S, along with 20S and 20CS, also shown in 2008, using the 2260 cc engine, and an exclusive color for its grade, Chili Orange Mica. Now,[when?] along with 20CS, this grade is no longer available.

20S is the grade which appeared in its debut in 2008 and the i-Stop feature introduced in 2009. Until now[when?] it still running, now it is only available with SKYACTIV, meanwhile the original are discontinued.

20C, the replacement of 20CS, appeared in 2010, with fog lamps, but in several years later, this grade had no fog lamps. It replaces the 20CS and for now and later, this grade is among the cheapest of Biante grades.

Later, at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, Granz grade was unveiled, with the LED back lamps, new chrome, new bumper, bigger grille, aluminum metallic color, Alleru allergy buster from Panasonic again. Also, 'replacing' the 23S, for now this grade is among the most expensive of all Biante grades.

In May 2013, the Skyactiv G-2.0 Biante was unveiled. Three grades were available with this technology; 20C, 20S and Granz. The difference of original and Skyactiv Biantes are, the original Biantes were 5-speed A/T and AWD while the Skyactiv versions are SKYACTIV-Drive with 6-speed A/T and 2WD (FF).

Export marketEdit

The Biante was launched in Indonesia at the 2012 Indonesia International Motor Show. Indonesia is the first country outside Japan that sold the Biante. During the exhibition, sales exceeded the target of 1,300 units of Mazda Biante.[2] It competes with Nissan Serena and Toyota NAV1.

Later in Indonesia International Motor Show 2013, Biante Skyactiv was unveiled in Indonesia based on the Japanese Biante Granz. It was equipped with 6-speed automatic transmission. Biante was also sold in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brunei, and Singapore.

DiscontinuationEdit

In February 2016, Mazda Motor announced that development and production of minivans could end within the year. Sales of the MPV (Mazda 8) ended in March 2016, while the Premacy/Mazda5 and Biante ended on 23 February 2018.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Biante spec". mazda.co.id. Archived from the original on 6 February 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Inden Mazda Biante tembus 1.300 unit". merdeka.com. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  3. ^ Mazda pulling out of minivans

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