Monday, October 30, 2000

Tribute Product Overview

Mazda Tribute GL-X
1. Driving Performance - "Oneness between car and driver"
Mazda defines "Dynamic DNA" as the driving pleasure to make the driver feel the "oneness between car and driver," using it as a common theme for all Mazda passenger vehicles. While retaining the maneuverability to negotiate bad or unpaved roads, the Tribute attains a high onroad driving performance level with enhanced body structure and suspension, defining a new benchmark for SUV performance. It is the "SUV with a sports car attitude."

Mazda Tribute Classic
- The Tribute employs a highly-stable safety body structure, "Mazda Advanced Impact-Energy Distribution and Absorption System." While striving for a light-weight body, the engineers strengthened portions important to achieve a stable body structure.

- The Tribute is equipped with McPherson strut suspension in front and multi-link suspension in rear to provide excellent handling stability regardless of road conditions. With diagonal roll axes, the suspension has been tuned to ensure precise steering, stable handling and a smooth ride.
- Rack-and-pinion steering with a steering gear ratio of 16.4:1 delivers quick and agile performance
- Large ventilated front disk brakes and high-capacity drum rear brakes attain excellent braking performance. ABS with the "Electronically-controlled Braking force Distribution" (EBD) system makes the braking performance even more responsive.

- The 3.0-liter V-6 DOHC engine is powerful, responsive and flexible. It delivers 90% or more of its maximum torque even at a low of 2,000 rpm. The engine uses regular gas for economy, runs quietly and produces low exhaust emissions.
- Like the 3.0-liter V-6 DOHC engine, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder DOHC engine is also practical, economical and clean-burning.
Engine Engine 3.0-liter V-6 (Type AJ) 2.0-liter four-cylinder (Type YF)
Displacement 2,967 cc 1,988 cc
Maximum output 149 kW (203 ps)/6,000 rpm 95 kW (129 ps)/5,400 rpm
Maximum torque 265 Nm (27.0 kg-m)/4,700 rpm 183 Nm (18.7 kg-m)/4,500 rpm
- The four-wheel-drive model features the Rotary Blade Coupling (RBC) system with electromagnetic lock-up mechanism. Normally, the RBC allocates most driving force to the front wheels. If the front wheels start slipping, the RBC system will automatically allocate necessary driving force to the rear wheels. This unique four-wheel-drive system facilitates driving stability on snowy or icy roads. Additionally, by pressing the button on the instrument panel, the driver can manually activate the electromagnetic lock-up mechanism all-time four-wheel-drive, even while the vehicle is running. This all-time four-wheel-drive mode provides extra stability on packed snow.

2. Spacious interior and cargo space, comfortable seating, excellent visibility and easy ingress/egress
- The overall length of the Tribute is 4,395 mm, almost the same as the Familia sedan. Despite the relatively short overall length, Tribute encompasses a roomy interior with plenty of cargo space, thanks to its long wheelbase, horizontally mounted engine, and short front overhang.
- The length of interior is 1,810 mm. Particularly, the rear compartment boasts plenty of legroom.
- Both front and rear seats recline all the way to become a flat seat. The rear seat splits 60/40, and the seat cushions can be flipped up and removed to provide additional cargo space.
- A length of cargo area is 922 mm. Removing the rear seat cushions and folding the seat backs forward make the cargo area even bigger, generating a maximum cargo volume of 1,820 liters (SAE-V6). Additionally, the compact configuration of the multi-link rear suspension helps reduce the volume of the rear wheelhouses, making it easier to load and unload in the cargo area. The rear lift-gate is hinged at the top and results in a large opening when raised. The rear includes a flip-up glass window that makes loading and unloading small packages easy and convenient.
- The newly designed platform realizes optimal seating, providing occupants with an eye-position higher than sedan-based and lower than truck-based SUVs. The floor is relatively low to the ground, making it easy to step in or out. The seat cushions are mounted high enough to enable occupants to stretch their legs, maintaining a relaxed posture during long trips.
- The Tribute boasts excellent visibility for front and rear passengers, the spare tire is stowed under the floor, so it does not block the rear window, and the rear window is lower than conventional SUVs.

3. Design - Eye-catching exterior styling in cities and in countryside
- The exterior design reflects the Mazda design theme of "contrast in harmony." With its character lines on the hood and compelling flare front and rear fenders, the Tribute stands out in cities and in the countryside.
- The interior is designed to provide sedan-like comfort, while offering excellent functionality and convenience.

4. Easy-to-handle, sedan-like comfort and advanced technology
- Tribute has many storage bins and pockets, including the overhead console and the passenger-side seat under-tray.
- An automatic climate control system is standard equipment for all models. The climate control panel features three easy-to-operate rotary knobs.
- Mazda's original new-concept audio system is upgradeable. Starting with a standard base unit that contains an electronic AM/FM tuner, the user can add components or replace an old unit with a new module in the base unit. An optional CD player or CD changer goes into the upper bay, and an MD player or audio cassette deck goes into the lower bay.
- A CD-ROM car navigation system compatible with the Mazda Telematics Center is available as an option on the GL-X model and the LX model with the G package. By becoming a member of Mazda Telematics and installing a special adapter as a dealer option, the user can enjoy a wide array of Mazda Telematics Center services for no annual fee.* Additionally, the car navigation system is compatible with NTT's i-mode service, which also offers a wide range of online services.**
* Optional adapter unit (including free-hand device) and a mobile phone are required to connect to the Mazda Telematics Center using a compatible car navigation system. Cdma-One and PHS mobile phones are not compatible. Customers are responsible for the connection charges for the phone company and the Internet provider.
** "i-mode" is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. Mazda Telematics has no connection with NTT DoCoMo Inc.
- To use the "i-mode" services, contracts for "Packet-data transmission" and "i-mode service" are required plus a mobile phone (800MHz) contract.
- To use "i-mode" service on Mazda Telematics car navigation, an adapter unit (combined with a hands-free system) and a car navigation-compatible "i-mode" mobile phone are required.

5. World-class safety
- The Tribute boasts superb passive-safety features, based on Mazda's new standards which are even more stringent than government's standards throughout the world.
- Mazda's extensive collision tests for the Tribute include: fully-wrapped front at 56 km/h, 40% offset front at 64 km/h, side at 55 km/h, oblique and pole at 50 km/h, rear at 55 km/h, etc. Especially, the rear half of the vehicle went through more strict 80 km/h vehicle-to-vehicle collision tests including fully-wrapped rear, 50% offset rear and rear-side. The safety of the Tribute has been achieved though such a variety of tests.
- The Tribute employs the "Mazda Advanced Impact-Energy Distribution and Absorption System" for a high degree of stability and superior safety. This is a post-concept of vehicle body structure to control the energy of impact in the event of a collision.
- Pretensioners and load limiters are standard equipment for the front seatbelts of all models. Winding up slack on the belt more quickly than ever, this pretensioner mechanism is applied to the buckle compartment for the first time in Mazda.
- Front Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbags for a driver and a passenger are standard equipment for all models. Mazda's unique SRS side airbags with head protection are optional.
- The ISO-FIX child seat anchors of the rear seats make it easy for the user to install a child seat. The top tether anchors to secure a child seat also can be found in the header portions of the rear seats.

6. Environmentally friendly-3.0-liter V-6 engine model earned an "excellent" rating and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine model earned a "good" rating in terms of low exhaust emissions
- New catalysts on the 3.0-liter V-6 engine model significantly reduce the exhaust emissions of HC and NOx. Thanks to new catalysts, two installed beneath the exhaust manifolds and one under the floor, the 3.0-liter V-6 model meets the government's requirement for a 50% reduction in 2000, earning an "excellent" rating for low exhaust emissions. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder model meets the government's requirement for a 25% reduction in 2000, earning a "good" rating for the low exhaust emissions.

new Mazda Tribute
-Manufacturer's suggested retail prices (Not including sales tax) (Unit: 1,000 yen)
Engine Drive System Model MSRP
2.0-liter four-cylinder 2WD LX 1,798
4WD 1,998
3.0-liter V-6 2,248
GL-X 2,548

- All models are equipped with cold-weather specifications.
- G package (LX's manufacturer's optional setting): add 163,000 yen. G package includes aluminum wheels, electrically controlled color door mirror, dark tinted glass, keyless entry, and SRS side airbag with head protection.

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