Mazda B-Series (North America)

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Mazda B-Series (North American)
2002-2008 Mazda B3000 extended cab (US)
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
Parent companyMazda
Production1972-present
ClassPickup truck
See Mazda B-Series (International) for the non-North American version

From the first B-Series pickup truck, Mazda has used the engine displacement to determine the name. Thus, the B1500 had a 1.5 L I4 engine, and the new B4000 has a 4.0 L V6. For 2002, the name was changed to simply Mazda Truck in the United States. Mazda's partnership with Ford has resulted in the sharing of this vehicle—the Mazda B-Series and Ford Ranger are essentially the same after 1994.

In Japan, Mazda uses the Proceed name on its compact pickup trucks, and another line of larger trucks is available called the Mazda Titan. Other names used for this line include Mazda Bravo (Australia), Mazda Bounty (New Zealand), and Mazda Drifter (South Africa). However, it should be borne in mind that the Mazda B-Series and Ford Ranger twins found inside North America are unrelated to the ones sold elsewhere. Those are engineered by Mazda, whereas the North American models are developed by Ford. It is the oldest Mazda nameplate still in production.

Mark 1 (1972-1979)

Mark 1
B1600, B1800
Production1972–1979
AssemblyHiroshima, Japan
Body style(s)2-door compact
LayoutFR layout
Engine(s)1.6 L I4
1.8 L 1800 I4
RelatedMazda REPU

The B-Series was introduced to the United States with the 1972 B1600 (Mazda B1600s were sold as badge-engineered Ford Couriers with a Ford-styled grille similar to the full-size F-series). It was joined in 1974 by the similar rotary-powered Rotary Pickup. The engine was enlarged to 1.8 L for 1977's B1800.

Engines:

  • 1972-1976 - 1.6 L (1586 cc) I4
  • 1977-1979 - 1.8 L (1796 cc) 1800 I4

Mark 2 (1980-1985)

Mark 2
B2000, B2200
Mazda B2000
Production1980–1985
AssemblyHiroshima, Japan
Body style(s)2-door compact in standard and long bed
LayoutFR layout
Engine(s)2.0 L F/MA I4
2.0 L FE I4
2.2 L I4
RelatedFord Courier

The 1980 B2000 used a 2.0 liter F/MA engine, replacing the B1800. The diesel 2.2 L B2200 joined this truck in 1982. The US B-Series continued through 1985, one year past the international version, though the 2.0 L engine was updated that year.

The B-2000 was also available in a long bed version which was given the model name Sundowner - a reference to nomadic Australian herders who would make camp wherever they were at sundown.

Engines:

  • 1980-1984 - 2.0 L (1970 cc) F/MA I4
  • 1985 - 2.0 L (1998 cc) FE I4
  • 1982-1985 - diesel 2.2 L (2209 cc) I4

Mark 3 (1986-1993)

Mark 3
B2000, B2200, B2600
1986 Mazda B2000 extended cab
Production1986–1993
AssemblyHiroshima, Japan
Body style(s)2-door compact
LayoutFront engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine(s)2.0 L FE I4
2.2 L F2 I4
2.6 L G54B I4
2.6 L G6 I4
Transmission(s)5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase108.7 in (2761 mm)
117.5 in (2985 mm)
109.3 in (2776 mm)
118.1 in (3000 mm)
Length182.7 in (4641 mm)
198.8 in (5050 mm)
Width65.7 in (1669 mm)
67.1 in (1704 mm)
Height61.8 in (1570 mm)
61.6 in (1565 mm)
66.1 in (1679 mm)
65.9 in (1674 mm)

A new B-Series was introduced in 1986 and was produced until 1993. A 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission were offered. Part-time four wheel drive was an option. The 2.6 L Mitsubishi-powered B2600 was introduced in 1987. This year also saw the Mazda 2.2L straight-4 being offered in the B2200, with the smaller 2.0L engine phased out after that year. The Mitsubishi engine was gone for 1989, replaced by a new family of Mazda powerplants. The 2 wheel drive version of this 3rd generation Mazda B-Series pickup is one of the most influential, iconic vehicles in the modern customization world. In the late 1980s into the early 1990s it became an icon of the lowered MiniTruck scene.

1992-1993 Mazda B2200

Engine options:

  • B2000
    • 1986-1987 - 2.0 L (1998 cc) FE I4
  • B2200
    • 1987-1993 - 2.2 L (2184 cc) F2 I4, 85 hp (63 kW)
  • B2600
    • 1987-1988 - 2.6 L (2555 cc) G54B I4, 102 hp (76 kW)
    • 1989-1993 - 2.6 L (2606 cc) G6 I4, 121 hp (90 kW)

Mark 4 (1994-1997)

Mark 4
B2300, B3000, B4000
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Production1994–1997
AssemblySt. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Edison, New Jersey, United States
Body style(s)2-door compact
2-door extended
LayoutFront engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine(s)2.3 L OHC I4
3.0 L Vulcan V6
4.0 L Cologne V6
Transmission(s)4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase108.2 in (2748 mm)
125.4 in (3185 mm)
107.9 in (2741 mm)
125.2 in (3180 mm)
Length184.5 in (4686 mm)
202.7 in (5149 mm)
Width69.4 in (1763 mm)
Height67.5 in (1715 mm)
64 in (1625.6 mm)
64.1 in (1628 mm)
RelatedFord Ranger

The North American 1994 Proceed/B-Series was new, the design having been merged with the Ford Ranger. Mazda continued to manufacture its own trucks in Japan and elsewhere, but for the North American market, the design was shared, as were the engines. The new B3000 and B4000 boasted large Ford V6 engines, and the manual transmission returning to the options sheet. Extended cab models were available, as was all wheel drive, and two trim lines, LE and SE. The 3.0 L B3000 was dropped for 1997, and the entire line was refreshed after that year.

Engine options:

  • B2300
    • 1994 - 2.3 L (2311 cc) OHC I4, 98 hp (73 kW)
    • 1995-1997 - 2.3 L (2311 cc) OHC I4, 112 hp (84 kW)
  • B3000
    • 1994 - 3.0 L (2983 cc) Vulcan V6, 140 hp (104 kW)
    • 1995-1996 - 3.0 L (2983 cc) Vulcan V6, 145 hp (108 kW)
  • B4000
    • 1994-1997 - 4.0 L (4016 cc) Cologne V6, 160 hp (119 kW)

Mark 5 (1998-Present)

Mark 5
B2500, B3000, B4000
2002-2006 Mazda B2300 regular cab (US)
Production1998–present
AssemblySt. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Edison, New Jersey, United States
Body style(s)2-door compact
2-door extended
LayoutFront engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine(s)2.5 L OHC I4
3.0 L Vulcan V6
4.0 L Cologne V6
Transmission(s)5-speed automatic
5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase111.6 in (2835 mm)
125.9 in (3198 mm)
125.7 in (3193 mm)
Length187.7 in (4768 mm)
187.5 in (4763 mm)
202.9 in (5154 mm)
201.7 in (5123 mm)
Width69.4 in (1763 mm)
70.3 in (1785.6 mm)
Height64.9 in (1648 mm)
68 in (1727.2 mm)
64.8 in (1646 mm)
67.9 in (1725 mm)
RelatedFord Ranger
Ford Explorer
Mercury Mountaineer
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
1998-2001 Mazda B4000 extended cab (North America)

North America saw a redesigned new Ranger/Proceed/B-Series again for 1998, with a larger base engine. An available 5-speed automatic transmission was a novelty. The 1999 B-Series added four doors, a first in the extended-cab pickup truck market. A refresh and updated 4.0 L V6 came in 2001. For 2009, the B4000 Cab Plus SE model will be discontinued in the US market.

1998-2001

Engine options:

  • B2500
    • 1998-2001 - 2.5 L (2507 cc) OHC I4, 119 hp (89 kW)
  • B3000
    • 1998-2001 - 3.0 L (2957 cc) Vulcan V6, 150 hp (112 kW)
  • B4000
    • 1998-2000 - 4.0 L (4025 cc) Cologne V6, 160 hp (119 kW)
    • 2001 - 4.0 L (4025 cc) Cologne V6, 207 hp (154 kW)

2002-Present

Engine options:

  • 2002-present - 2.3 L (2300 cc) I4, 143 hp (107 kW)
  • 2002-2003 - 3.0 L (2957 cc) Vulcan V6, 147 hp (110 kW)
  • 2004-2008 - 3.0 L (2957 cc) Vulcan V6, 154 hp (115 kW)
  • 2002-present - 4.0 L (4025 cc) Cologne V6, 207 hp (154 kW)


References

"2009 Mazda Vehicles at a Glance"