Mazda Launches Classy Special Edition in Japan

The Mazda Verisa, a compact car that’s available in both front-wheel-drive and electronically-controlled four-wheel-drive, is not available in the U.S. market.

The Mazda Verisa, a compact car that’s available in both front-wheel-drive and electronically-controlled four-wheel-drive, is not available in the U.S. market. Maybe there is a concern with it being confused with the Nissan Versa. Not only do the names nearly match, but the Versa and the Verisa both have comparatively high roof lines, although the Verisa is considerably boxier than the Versa.

This week Mazda launched a special edition version of the Verisa in Japan: CLASSY STYLE.

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Mazda Verisa, CLASSY STYLE

One of the features of CLASSY STYLE is something that Bob Lutz would undoubtedly laud: plenty of exterior chrome trim (front grille, front and rear bumpers, side sills, rear liftgate, and fog light bezels). Bring on the bling.

An interesting aspect of the Mazda front-drive CLASSY STYLE that isn’t available for purchasers of the e-4WD version: although both feature a 1.5-liter double overhead cam engine and a four-speed automatic transmission, the FWD CLASSY STYLE qualifies for the Japan eco-car tax reduction program, to the tune of a 50% tax reduction.  Given that the 4WD has an MSRP that’s 200,000 yen higher than the FWD version (1,829,000 vs. 1,640,000), it might be a considerably classier idea to opt for the two-wheel version rather than the four.