|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door MPV|
|Platform||Mazda BK platform|
|Engine||MZR 2.0 I4
MZR 2.3 I4
SkyActiv-G 2.0 (PE-VPS)
The Mazda Biante (a car name is coined word from the Italian word for environment, ambiente, Ambient) is an 8-seater large MPV introduced for Japanese market, in 2008 by Mazda. The car fits between the Premacy and MPV in Mazda's range. The Biante is aimed at young couples with small children.
It is actually had five grades; 20S, 20CS, 23S, 20C and Granz.
20CS was the cheapest of its grade, similar to 20C but no foglamps, and really standard, and no longer available. This grade was the first grade to use Nanoe ion filter from Panasonic.
23S, along with 20S and 20CS, also shown in 2008, using the 2260cc engine, and an exclusive-color for its grade, Chili Orange Mica. Now, along with 20CS, this grade is no longer available.
20S is the grade which is appears in its debut in 2008 and the i-Stop feature introduced in 2009. Until now it still running, now it's only available with SKYACTIV, meanwhile the original are discontinnued.
20C, the replacement of 20CS, appears in 2010, with foglamps, but in several years later, this grade had no foglamps. Its replacing the 20CS and for now and later, this grade is among the cheapest of Biante grades.
Later, in Tokyo Motor Show 2011, Granz grade was unveiled, with the LED backlamps, new chrome, new bumper, bigger grille, Alumunium Metalic color, Alleru allergy buster from Panasonic again. Also, 'replacing' the 23S, for now this grade is among the most expensive of all Biante grades.
In May 2013, the Skyactiv G-2.0 Biante was unveiled. Three grades were available with this technology; 20C, 20S and Granz. The difference of original and Skyactiv Biantes are, the original Biantes were 5-speed A/T and AWD while the Skyactiv versions are SKYACTIV-Drive with 6-speed A/T and 2WD (FF).
The Biante was launched in Indonesia at IIMS 2012. Indonesia is the first country outside Japan that sold the Biantes. During the exhibition, sales exceeded the target of 1300 units of Mazda Biante.
Later in Indonesia International Motor Show 2013, the Skyactiv Biante (Similar to Granz-Skyactiv in Japan) was unveiled in Indonesia, with 6-speed automatic transmission. And later, several countries later in next months in that year, also announce the Biante launch, except Indonesia, they only sold the Skyactiv (Granz-Skyactiv in Japan) version. Those countries are Malaysia, Hongkong, Brunei, and Singapore.