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You are in the Mazda 626
What is this discussion about?
Mazda 626, Sedan
#472 of 2044 The old 626GT 5-door
Mar 07, 2001 (6:18 pm)
This was, indeed, a 5-door version of the 626 sedan, and generally it was fitted with Mazda's hottest four-banger of the time - a turbocharged 2.2-liter SOHC 12-valve four delivering 145 hp. When the fourth-generation 626 was launched for model year 1993 (and production for North America moved to Michigan), the GTs were left back home in Japan. As partial recompense, they gave us a new V6, but I still like the looks of the 5-door, and I wish they'd bring one here to supplement the new 5-door Protegé that's due out Real Soon Now.
#473 of 2044 Re: Protege5
Mar 07, 2001 (6:27 pm)
windowphobe6, how soon is "Real Soon"?
Mar 07, 2001 (7:46 pm)
Automobile magazine (4/01) says it's "an '02 model due later this spring".
Mar 08, 2001 (7:35 am)
The new Protoge is more of a wagon than a hatchback, though they won't call it either.
I don't care - I like wagons. Should be a fine vehicle.
#476 of 2044 Protege 5
Mar 08, 2001 (8:23 am)
The name of the vehicle is Protege Sport Wagon and it will be in dealers toward the end of Spring or early Summer.
#477 of 2044 Official name
Mar 08, 2001 (10:37 am)
I see some conflicting info.
What's the official name?
Some say the vehicle will be officially called the Protege 5.
BTW the car is a true hatchback, not a wagon.
#478 of 2044 Re: Official name
Mar 08, 2001 (10:45 am)
You're right about the conflicting information, but the last thing I heard (not necessarily correct) is no wagon in the name. I've heard Protege 5 (could be one word), 5-door Sport (that's what's on Mazda's web site right now and no Protege in the name) and Protege Sport Wagon. I'm sure I've missed a couple.
#479 of 2044 Mazda MP3
Mar 08, 2001 (10:58 am)
How about that model?
It used to be the MPS.
What's the current designation? MP3 or Protege MP3?
It seems they can't make their minds.
Mar 08, 2001 (11:12 am)
vad: the reason I consider it a wagon is because I believe the roof extends farther back then in the sedan. A 5 door hatchback is basically a sedan with a glass hatch.
The Protoge looks like the roof extends back a bit. Not much, but enough to distinguish itself from the sedan.
Check it out here: http://history.mazda.co.jp/Archive/Lineup/FAMILIA-SW.200004/index.html
PS Familia Station Wagon - doubt they'll give it that name!