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The Mazda Biante is one spacious van-like car that will do well in its mission - move people.

24 Feb 2014

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The Mazda Biante (coined from the word Ambient) is an eight-seater large Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) originally introduced for the Japanese market in 2008.

Although the Biante may look like a competitor to the Nissan Elgrand or Toyota Alphard, it is actually a class lower in the MPV scale. Sitting somewhere in between the more compact Mazda5 and the larger Mazda8 in Mazda's lineup, the Biante is targeted for young couples with a small family.

The Biante receives an update for 2014 and it will be the first Mazda MPV to be instilled with the famous SkyActiv technology. With Indonesia being the first market outside Japan to sell the facelifted Biante, the MPV has finally made its way here.

Xenon headlights come as standard on the Biante


Based on the concept 'space motivator', the design of the Biante was intended to be attractive at first glance and to emphasise the car's spaciousness and functionality, though it comes across as a little too boxy for our liking.

Measuring 4,715mm by 1,770mm x 1,835mm (L x W x H), the Biante is 130mm taller, 240mm wider and 220mm taller than the Mazda5 and these extra dimensions contribute to the generous interior space, which we will talk about later.

Taking some design cues from Mazda's very own 'KODO: Soul Of Motion' design language, the Biante is dressed with a new front bumper and grille, bringing it in line with the rest of the Mazda family look.

16-inch wheels may look too small for the Biante, but they help to provide a pliant ride

Sharp lines connect seamlessly all the way along the sides while the rising beltline expresses dynamism, and the Biante's composure is enhanced by the the stretched blister fenders above the wheels.

Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


4-cylinder in-line DOHC SKYACTIV-G

Engine Cap





111kW (149 bhp)



190 Nm




Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption


13.5 km/L

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