Car reviews - Mazda - Bravo - dual cab 4x4 utility
1 Feb 2002
ALL Bravos in the B-Series range share the same suspension attributes. At the front they run an independent double wishbone with torsion bar and double acting shock absorber and at the rear a rigid axle with leaf springs and bias mounted double acting shock absorber.
The capacity differs between 4x2 and 4x4 models from 960kg front/1750kg rear on 4x2s to 1150kg front/1840kg rear on 4x4s.
The Mazda set-up gives the 4x4 Bravo a ground clearance of 211mm at a total vehicle height of 1753mm. Approach angles are good, with 35 degrees at the front and 28 degrees at the rear - due to a large rear step bumper.
The ride and handling are comparable to other light commercial 4x4s and the Bravo's long wheelbase handles well empty or loaded, though as with the others the rear-end can have a mind of its own if you start thinking that you're in a car and push too hard into corners.
Did you know?Important items under the 4x4 are given special protection with heavy-duty bash plates and stone guards. Rock dents as big as ripe grapes appeared in the rear wheel arches of the test vehicle from some of the rough tracks it saw but not a single stone reached the fuel tank or the sump
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