Workhorses & Pick-ups
The Mazda-B 4×4 was introduced in November 1990 as a single cab version, followed by a double-cab variant that is still with us today, although it is now called the Drifter and is a well-developed and popular off-roader. Today, two engines are offered: a 4-cylinder 2.5-litre inter-cooled turbo-diesel and a 2,6-litre 4-cylinder petrol. The ubiquitous 3-litre V6 Essex engine has been discontinued. Suspension is independent double wishbone with coils springs at the front and leaf springs at the rear and automatic free-wheel hubs are now standard.
The diesel version is the better vehicle in just about all driving conditions and performance of the diesel is the same as the Ford Ranger, where the chassis, engine and drive-train are so similar.