GO
GoAutoLogo
MENU

Make / Model Search

Mazda 626

GC

1 Feb 1983

Co-developed with Ford, Mazda changed direction with the 2nd generation 626.

The more modern approach included a transverse engine layout, front-wheel drive, 4-wheel independent suspension and the introduction of widespread electronics, which included digital instrumentation and driver-adjustable shock absorbers on some models.

Mostly everything improved, from comfort and cabin space to the handling and performance, although the all-new 70kW 2.0L 4-cylinder engine didn’t prove as durable as the old 626’s.

And the wedgy 2-door coupe and new 5-door hatchback models’ lower styling than the stately sedan’s meant headroom was tight. Offered were the sedan-only Standard, mid-range Deluxe sedan and hatch, and Super Deluxe and luxury SE sedan, hatch and coupe.

The former was a 4-speed manual only proposition, while the rest came with either a 5-speed manual or 3-speed auto.

In December 1983 the slow-selling 626 Deluxe Diesel sedan arrived, powered by a 47kW/119Nm 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. Ford’s version of this model 626 – which belatedly replaced the TF Cortina – was called the AR Telstar.

However no two-door Telstar model was ever sold in Australia.

The Road to Recovery podcast series


Mazda models

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here