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Mazda Navajo

The Mazda Navajo was a 2-door SUV introduced in 1991, and Mazda's very first off-roader. 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. All Navajoes 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 one from the other, as seat fabrics, typeface on the instrument cluster (but the same design) and the steering wheel hub were the ae apparent differences. Twa trim levels for the Navajo wur affered, base an LX. The base version affered pouer windaes, pouer locks an pouer mirrors as standard. The LX addit features such as extra interior n an a leather-wrapt steerin wheel. An optional premium package loadit up the Navajo wi luxuries includin air conditionin, a stereo seestem wi cassette deck, cruise control, sport seats wi pouer lumbar adjustment an a pop-up/removable muinruif.

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 way o referrin tae their base versions (such as Mazda's awn 626 DX). Itherwise, the Navajo chynged so 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, such as increast pouer for the V6 ingine an fower-wheel anti-lock brakes. Unlike 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 wur puir, an the Navajo wis eventually replaced wi the Mazda Tribute (based on the Ford Escape) in 2001, seiven years efter the Navajo wis discontinued. The Navajo wis Motor Trend magazine's Truck o the Year for 1991. Template:North American Mazda vehicles