Mazda Biante Malaysia Archive

  • 2013 Mazda Biante launched – SkyActiv-G 2.0, RM146k

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    The 2013 Mazda Biante was officially launched by Bermaz today, making its debut alongside the facelifted CX-9 SUV at the ongoing ‘Mazda Motorshow’ at 1Utama. The eight-seater MPV – a direct competitor to the Nissan Serena C26 S-Hybrid – arrives here two months after its Indonesian debut.

    The Biante, which is a fully-imported CBU unit from Japan, is powered by a SkyActiv-G 2.0 litre mill. The normally-aspirated lump has 149 hp at 6,000 rpm and 190 Nm at 4,100 rpm for output numbers, and is mated to a SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission.

    The Biante has been around since 2008, and was originally meant only for the Japanese domestic market. Now that it’s here, we’re getting the facelifted version, with the high-roof offering dressed with a new front bumper and grille, bringing it in line with the rest of the Mazda family look. The exterior rework also brings about new rear LED combination lamps.

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    In terms of standard equipment, the 1,664 kg vehicle comes with dual-powered sliding rear doors with an anti-pinch feature, an i-Stop idling stop system, keyless entry/ignition (with a turn knob starter switch), front/rear parking sensors, paddle shifters and a four-speaker audio system.

    Also on, front fog lamps, fully-automatic air-conditioning with second/third row AC vents and a Nanoe Ion generator. As for safety kit, there’s stability and traction control, four-wheel ABS, EBD, Isofix points on the second row seats as well as dual airbags, and the Biante rides on 16-inch alloys wrapped with 205/60 rubbers.

    Plenty of configurations in terms of seating arrangement in the 4.71 metre-long people mover, of course, including a ‘Living Mode’ layout, where sliding the second and third-row seats to their rearmost position offers the second-row passengers ‘limousine-like room’, as the company puts it.

    Four exterior colours are available for the Biante – Aluminium Metallic, Radiant Ebony Mica, Jet Black Mica and Crystal White Pearl Mica. As for pricing, the Biante SkyActiv-G 2.0 goes for RM145,719, on-the-road without insurance, which is much lower than that earlier seen in ads on

    If the cloth seats aren’t to your taste or feel, there’s always the option to dress them up in leather for an additional RM4,800.

  • Mazda Biante 2.0 Skyactiv listed on – RM157k

    We first saw a Mazda sales advisor post up a pre-launch booking call for the Mazda Biante last month, listing the new MPV for RM150k. Today, a different sales advisor has posted up an ad with new information on the MPV, which will come equipped with a 2.0 litre SkyActiv engine with a 6-speed auto.

    The ad lists the Biante for RM157k, which is higher than the RM150k price tag posted up previously. Of course, since the car has not been launched yet these are all estimated price tags for the moment. The latest classifieds listing comes with photos that appear to be brochure scans of the car in English language, although we cannot tell for sure if it’s a Malaysian brochure or not.


    The ad goes into detail on the availability of the car in Malaysia. The car is mentioned as being a CBU import from Japan, with a launch date of November 2013 indicated – that would be this month. First batch delivery is claimed to be in late November to early December, with a second shipment only coming in in March 2014.

    Check out the Mazda Biante for sale on for further information.

  • Mazda Biante MPV appears on – 2.0L RM150k

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    Last week, we told you that the Mazda Biante will be introduced in Malaysia in November, alongside the facelifted CX-9. Now, an ad of the eight-seater MPV has appeared on our sister classifieds site, with an indicative price of RM150,000 for the CBU from Japan model.

    The 4.71 metre long MPV – facelifted last year and a direct competitor to recent debutant Nissan Serena S-Hybrid – is equipped with a SkyActiv-G 2.0 engine, with output numbers being 149 hp at 6,000 rpm and 190 Nm at 4,100 rpm. Like the CX-5 SUV, the SkyActiv mill is paired with a SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission.

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    The facelift process dresses up the high-roof offering with a new front bumper and grille, new rear LED combination lamps and 17-inch wheels and 215/50 series tyres, among other things. Note that the Biante is not a Toyota Alphard/Nissan Elgrand rival, but a class smaller in the MPV scale.

    The ad lists down dual-powered sliding doors, keyless entry, dual-zone air con and dual-airbags as standard equipment. Four colours are on offer – Radiant Ebony Mica, Aluminum Metallic, Black and Crystal White Pearl Mica – according to the SA from Thrive Glory, a Mazda dealership in Cheras Selatan. The ad also mentions a free three-year/60,000 km service package, besides a three-year/100,000 km warranty.

    The live pics you see below are of the Indonesian-spec Biante – the MPV was officially launched there at the recent IIMS 2013 show.

  • Mazda Biante MPV to debut in Malaysia in November – ‘new look’ CX-9 SUV to premiere alongside it

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    The Mazda model lineup in Malaysia is set to expand before the year is out – reports have it that Bermaz plans to launch the Mazda Biante eight-seater MPV as well as the CX-9 facelift sometime in November. This was indicated by the company last week during the sending-off of its first export batch of Malaysian-assembled CX-5s to Thailand.

    The Biante has just been introduced in Indonesia – the live photos of it you see here were taken by Hafriz at the ongoing IIMS – and is being sold as the New Biante (with a 2.0 DISI engine) and Biante SkyActiv in the country.

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    In its SkyActiv variant form, the 4.71 metre long MPV – facelifted last year and a direct competitor to the Nissan Serena C26 S-Hybrid – is equipped with a SkyActiv-G 2.0 engine, with output numbers being 149 hp at 6,000 rpm and 190 Nm at 4,100 rpm.

    Like the CX-5, the SkyActiv mill in this one is paired with a SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. The facelift process dresses up the high-roof offering with a new front bumper and grille, new rear LED combination lamps and 17-inch wheels and 215/50 series tyres, among other things. Mazda-related listings on indicate an estimated pricing of RM140k for the Biante, which prices it in Serena S-Hybrid territory. pix cx-9 sydney 01

    Meanwhile, the ‘new look’ CX-9, which made its global debut in Sydney at the AIMS last October, will debut alongside the Biante, so goes the word. The SUV is on its second facelift since its launch in 2007, with the first being in 2009. The front and rear ends have been given a revision, while the the interior features minor updates in new trim finishes and material choices.

    Available in both FWD and AWD forms, the vehicle continues to be powered by a MZI 3.7 litre V6 offering 273 hp and 367 Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic ‘box. The kit list includes new 20-inch aluminium wheels and a raft of i-Activsense safety features, which include Forward Obstruction Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring and High Beam Control.

  • Mazda Biante MPV launched in Japan

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    Mazda has released full details and photos of the earlier previewed new Mazda Biante MPV. The Biante was developed exclusively for the Japanese market so I doubt it will go anywhere officially, but Naza World may bring it in as a grey import since it launched a slew of Mazda models recently.

    More details after the jump.

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    Two engines are available with the Mazda Biante. The bigger of the two is a normally aspirated 2.3 litre DOHC engine, and the other is an improved version of Mazda’s normally aspirated 2.0 litre engine featuring DISI direct injection. 2WD models come with a 5-speed auto, while the 4WD models come with a 4-speed auto. The 2.3 litre’s 5-speed auto also adds sequential manual shifting.

    Mazda hopes to sell 3,000 units of the new Mazda Biante every month. The Biante falls under the tall roof minivan segment much like the Nissan Elgrand and the Toyota Alphard. Tall roofs are desired by some families so that ingress and egress for those who have trouble bending down too much, especially the elderly. Mazda claims the Biante has the longest and widest interior (2,900mm long x 1,545mm wide x 1,350mm tall cabin dimensions) in the 2.0 litre minivan class.

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    The second row of seats can be adjusted fore and aft by 863mm, varying the amount of space between the second and third rows. Pushing it furthest to the back will create a sort of “living room” for the second row. Access to the second and third row is via a sliding door on each side of the minivan. Power sliding doors are also available standard with the 20S model, and optional on the other models. These powered sliding doors offer a safety feature where if something touches the door and obstructs its closing it will stop, much like power windows with safety features.

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    The air conditioning system comes with what Mazda calls a nanoe ion generator, which can neutralize bacteria, odors and allergens. This is standard on 4WD models and a factory installable option on the other models. There is also an allergen filter. A ceiling-mounted deodorizer absorbs tobacco, adhesive and other odors. The seats and floor mats also come with anti-bacterial coating.

    The Mazda Biante is priced from 2,199,000 yen for the cheapest 20CS 2WD model up to 2,689,000 for the most expensive 20S 4WD model. The 23S 2WD model with the 2.3 litre engine costs 2,650,000 yen.

    PHOTO GALLERY: Mazda Biante Exterior
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    PHOTO GALLERY: Mazda Biante Interior
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  • Mazda Biante: Japanese market MPV with a tall roof

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    Mazda has launched a new JDM-only MPV called the Mazda Biante. It’s an MPV designed to have a very tall interior roof, which is useful for those who have difficulties bending their backs when getting into the rear seats of MPVs with low interior roofs.

    Mazda has not released any other information on the Biante other than a few photos, but expect the Biante to use similiar engines as the Mazda 8 and the Mazda CX-7 – this would mean the 2.3 litre turbocharged DISI engine or a similiar engine based on the new 2.5 litre engines which replace the old 2.3 litre engines.

    Although the Mazda Biante is currently JDM-only, restyled versions could make it out of the Japanese market if Mazda deems it viable.

    View more photos after the jump.

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