Mazda unveiled its 2001 B-Series truck line-up at the New York Auto Show with little fanfare. The '01 B-Series adds two new, more powerful engines, sports freshened sheetmetal up front and the addition of a new 4x2, raised-suspension Dual Sport model. The B-Series is taking its cues from its American cousin the Ford Ranger.
Mazda offers three engine choices with the 2001 B-Series line. The top-of-the-line B4000 becomes one of the most powerful compact pickup trucks on the market, thanks to a new 205 horsepower, 4.0-liter SOHC V6, which replaces the previous 160 horsepower OHV V6. With almost 28 percent more horsepower, a standard limited-slip differential, trailer hitch, and the only available five-speed automatic transmission in the import-brand compact class, the B4000 boasts a towing capacity of nearly 5,900 lbs.
Mazda offers more power to entry level truck buyers, too, with the new B2300, which will bow this fall. Powered by a new 134-horsepower, 2.3-liter four cylinder, the B2300 will replace the previous B2500 model, with its 119-horsepower, 2.5-liter engine. The B3000 will continue to be powered by a 150-horsepower 3.0-liter engine.
The new 4x2 Dual Sport model features body-colored front and rear bumpers, fender flares, front grille surround and lower front fascia, as well as a raised suspension, for the look and ground clearance of a 4x4. Like the rest of the B-Series line, the Dual Sport is available in three cab configurations: regular cab, two-door extended Cab Plus and four-door extended Cab Plus 4.
Ladder-frame construction, with fully boxed frame rails from the front end to the back of the cab, produces a rugged platform for the B-Series, which rides on an independent, double-wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and a live-axle rear suspension with leaf springs. All B-Series models come with four-wheel anti-lock brakes and dual de-powered air bags standard. Mazda also was the first import brand truck to offer a key-operated passenger-side air bag deactivation switch, which allows the driver to disconnect the air bag when transporting children.
2001 Troy Lee Edition
The Mazda B3000 Troy Lee Edition offers the aggressive "take no prisoners" look and ground clearance of four-wheel drive in a 4x2. With a raised suspension, fog lights, fender flares, 16-inch wheels designed by Troy Lee and extra large tires, the Troy Lee edition B3000 handles rough terrain like a motocross bike.
Troy Lee is a leading-edge graphic designer with a passion for extreme sports. His company, Troy Lee Designs, has created painted helmets, speed equipment, and other apparel for extreme sports enthusiasts for more than 17 years.
Troy Lee Edition models feature optional reflective body-side flame graphics, "Dual Sport" tailgate logo and the Troy Lee Designs signature logo and carbon fiber-look trim on the instrument panel and door panels.
For those enthusiasts who get the urge to leave the road for rugged terrain or rocky backcountry in style, there is the top of the line B4000 Troy Lee Edition Cab Plus 4x4. This model receives leather seats, four-wheel-drive, skid plates, custom 16-inch wheels, fog lights, and a trailer hitch with 6,000 lbs. of towing capacity (A/T) - more than the competition.
2000 New York Auto Show
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2001 Mazda B-Series