Mazda Navajo

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Mazda Navajo
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production 1991–1994
Assembly Louisville, Kentucky
Body and chassis
Cless Mid-size SUV
Body style 3-door SUV
Layoot Front ingine, rear-wheel drive / fower-wheel drive
Relatit Ford Explorer
Ford Ranger (North American)
Mazda B-Series (North American)
Ford Aerostar
Ingine 4.0 liter Cologne V6 160 hp (119 kW)
Transmission Ford C3-based A4LD 4-speed automatic
Mazda 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 102.1 in (2,593 mm)
Lenth 175.3 in (4,453 mm)
Weenth 70.2 in (1,783 mm)
Hicht 68.1 in (1,730 mm)
Successor Mazda 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 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 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.