A compact MPV, the Mazda Premacy was introduced by Japanese automaker Mazda in 1999. The vehicle is still production and currently selling its second generation (and third generation launched in Japanese market in 2010).
The Premacy was initially assembled in Japan and later offered in Europe and other Asian countries. There is also offered a rebadged version by Ford under Ford Ixion or Ford MAV in Japan and other Asian countries.
In the export market, the second generation Premacy is marketed as the Mazda5. In Taiwan, the Ford Lio Ho manufactures the Mazda5 earlier for their local market but later in 2007 the company modified a rebadged version as the Ford i-MAX.
Usually 2 or 3 rows of seat were offered in the first generation model which could accommodate 5 to 7 passengers. Mazda introduced the third-row seat in the 2nd generation with two seating capacities, i.e. six passengers in the United States, while seven in the markets other than US market.
First Generation (1999–2004)
The first generation Premacy was launched in 1999 and was considered a reasonably priced 7-passenger vehicle in the entire market. It was based on Mazda’s CP platform. Both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions with a 4-speed automatic transmission were available in the market. Considering its platform, the Premacy was not as modular as its competitors including Opel Zafira and Toyota Ipsum. Like many other minivans, the 2nd and 3rd-row seats could easily be removed as well as folded.
In many Asian markets, the Premacy was marketed under Ford Ixion nameplate. The FAW Haima Automobile Co. Ltd in China still assembles the first generation Premacy and marketed it as Haima Freema.
The first generation Premacy was available with three engine choices, i.e. a 1.8-L FP-DE I4, delivered 135 PS (99 kW; 133 hp) and 170 Nm (125 lb-ft) of torque; a 2.0-L FS-DE/FS-ZE I4 with 135 PS (99 kW; 133 hp) and 180 Nm (133 lb-ft) of torque; and a 2.0-L diesel I4 engine
Second Generation (2005–2010)
The second generation Premacy was introduced in 2005. The second generation Premacy is offered in all major markets as Mazda5 except of Japanese domestic market where it is still sold under Premacy name. Mazda classed this vehicle under a mid-sized wagon, though in the European market it has competitors classified a Compact MPVs. In the US market, the vehicle is considered a mini-minivan. Although, it is built on the Mazda’s C1 platform, it has many things in common with the Mazda3. In many markets, the Mazda5 appeared as a replacement of Mazda MPVs and rather sold as Mazda’s minivan.
The engines options available are: a 1.8-L MZR I4 engine with an output of 85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp); a 2.0-L MZR I4 unit with 110 kW (150 PS; 148 hp); a 2.3-L MZR I4 engine rated at 117 or 119 kW (159–162 PS; 157-159 hp); and a 2.0-L MZR-CD I4 Diesel unit with 89 or 105 kW (105–143 PS; 103-141 hp).
Third Generation (2011-present)
In 2010, the third generation was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show. It was introduced with a revised styling publicized as a Nagare and Furai concepts by Mazda. The European version comes with a 1.8-L 4-cylinder unit and a 2.0-L 4-cylinder direct injection with Mazda’s i-stop start/stop technology. About 15 percent of emission reduction can be achieved with the help of this technology. Engines are mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and several environmental friendly characteristics.
As of 2012 model year, the Mazda5 receives a 2.5-L 4-cylinder engine with an output of 157 hp (117 kW). The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, while a five-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. In July 2010, the third generation Premacy went on sale in Japan. Three different grades are offered for Mazda5, i.e. 20CS, 20E and 20S.