Mazda has updated it’s Mazda 5 MPV for the 2008 model year and besides minor cosmetic changes, the new facelifted Mazda 5 now features a new 2.0 litre MZR engine with S-VT variable valve timing and an electronic throttle as opposed to a rather bare bones 2.0 litre unit previously. The automatic transmission has also been updated to a 5-speed unit, while the manual is now a 6-speeder.
On the interior, the center dash area has been redesigned to accommodate a new touch screen DVD navigation system with a 6-CD changer, Bluetooth handsfree system and aux input. The sliding doors are now optionally powered, and can open and close automatically in less than 5 seconds via a press of a button from either the driver’s seat, the door handles or the remote control key. They also stop automatically if obstructed.
The new facelifted Mazda 5 also gets new front dampers, new suspension settings and a new stronger brake booster. Other enhancements include a new multi-resonator around the fresh air intake duct for the climate control system that lowers engine noise, strengthened wheel rims and ThinsulateÂ® insulation sheeting added to the roof liner to reduce road noise.
A few more photos are available after the jump.