The Mazda B-Series pick-up range has been realigned to offer a higher specification and better value for money.

The new Mazda B-Series 4×4 Double Cab Barracuda, designed to meet the increasing demand for pick-up vehicles that are both practical and stylish, will be available from October 2004.

Priced at £16,000 (commercial vehicle on-the-road), the Mazda B-Series 4×4 Double Cab Barracuda replaces the RAP Cab 4-Action and the Double Cab 4-Action and 4-Style models. Barracuda models are given a new exterior with tubular side steps, exterior chrome mirror covers and chrome rear bumper all added to the specification.

Barracuda vehicles will be available in a selection of three colours: Pacific Blue mica, Black mica or Titanium grey metallic, which makes its debut in the Mazda B-Series range.  The Barracuda models will feature a CD-radio stereo system complete with MP3 compatibility, remote central locking, luxury floor mats and a new rear console that integrates a triple cup holder.  ABS and EBD are also available, as is a £1,000 leather interior option.

All B-Series models receive a new seat trim, seat-back pockets, a new rear console and a silver and white instrumentation panel.

The Mazda B-Series is powered by a choice of two engines: either the naturally aspirated 2.5-litre diesel which develops 82bhp at 4,000rpm with 195Nm of torque at 2,000rpm or the turbo diesel 2.5-litre engine, developing 107bhp at 3,500rpm with 266Nm of torque at 2,000rpm.

The engines are combined with a five-speed manual transmission, in either 2WD or 4WD versions (depending on model).