Mazda Navajo

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Mazda Navajo
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
AssemblyLouisville, Kentucky
Bouk an chassis
ClessMid-size SUV
Body style3-door SUV
LayootFront ingine, rear-wheel drive / fower-wheel drive
RelatitFord Explorer
Ford Ranger (North American)
Mazda B-Series (North American)
Ford Aerostar
Ingine4.0 liter Cologne V6 160 hp (119 kW)
TransmissionFord C3-based A4LD 4-speed automatic
Mazda 5-speed manual
Wheelbase102.1 in (2,593 mm)
Lenth175.3 in (4,453 mm)
Weenth70.2 in (1,783 mm)
Hicht68.1 in (1,730 mm)
SuccessorMazda Tribute

The Mazda Navajo was a 2-door SUV introduced in 1991, an Mazda's very first off-roader. An a, the Navajo was Mazda's truck-based SUV. Available as a four-wheel drive, two-door vehicle, the Navajo was essentially a rebadged Ford Explorer Sport. It was marketed in the United States , as Mazda Canada did not want to market an SUV. As Navajos were built in Louisville, Kentucky, where the Explorer was built.

To set the two apart, the Navajo had a different grille, taillights and wheels. Inside, it was even harder to tell and for the interior, the seat fabrics, typeface on the instrument cluster (but the same design) an the steering wheel hub were the only apparent differences. The trim levels for the Navajo offered, were base an LX and DX. The base version offered power windows, power locks an power mirrors as standard. The LX added features such as extra interior and a leather-wrapt steering wheel. An optional premium package loaded up the Navajo with luxuries including air conditioning, a stereo system with cassette deck, cruise control, sport seats with power lumbar adjustment an a pop-up/removable moonroof.

A rear-wheel drive Navajo wis available for 1992, geared towards fowk who liked the sporty image o an SUV, but did no need fower-wheel drive. Base models wur nou cawed the DX, mair in keepin wi the Japanese manufacturer's wey o referrin tae thair base versions (sic as Mazda's awn 626 DX). Itherwise, the Navajo chynged sae little that maist o the photography uised in the 1991 brochure wis reuised for the 1992 brochure. As expectit, the 1993 Navajo picked up the same mechanical upgrades as the Explorer, sic as increast pouer for the V6 ingine an fower-wheel anti-lock brakes. Unlik the Explorer, housomeivver, the ae ither chynge wis an optional CD player. New five-spoke alloy wheels for the Navajo LX wur the ae chynge for 1994, which wis the Navajo's last year. Sales whaur poor an the Navajo wis eventually replaced wi Mazda Tribute (based on the Ford Escape) in 2001, seiven years efter the Navajo wis discontinued. The Navajo wisMotor Trend magazine's Truck o the Year for 1991.