The Mazda BT-50 is a pick-up that the Japanese firm has offered in some regions of Oceania, Africa, ASEAN, and South America since 2006. It was born as a vehicle derived from the Ford Ranger, however, for its third-generation, the new Mazda BT-50 model borrows the insides of an Isuzu D-Max and aims to bring customers pleasure and enjoyment.
As expected, the new Mazda BT-50 makes the KODO design its main distinguishing feature, showing lines that are reminiscent of those of the brand’s large SUV, the CX-9. The rear is less spectacular so as not to compromise its carrying capacity.
There are also mechanical changes, leaving behind the old Ford mechanics for a new 3.0-liter four-cylinder, which delivers 188 hp and a maximum torque of 450 Nm. Available in 4×2 and 4×4 versions, there is the possibility to choose between two gearboxes, manual or automatic, both with six speeds. However, it is expected that the range will be enriched, towards the end of the year, with a new, less powerful access engine.
Mazda has not revealed much technical data, although it did anticipate that the new BT-50 has a load capacity of over a ton and that its towing capacity is around 3,500 kg. It is approximately 5.2 meters long, 1.8 meters wide, and has a height of around 1.7 meters.
The new Mazda BT-50 also shares with the Isuzu D-Max the screen of the multimedia system, with touch control and 9.0 inches, as well as some of the controls distributed throughout the cabin.
At least for the Australian market, where it was unveiled, the third-generation van will equip adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane maintenance assistant, blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert as standard.
Mazda has not announced the price of the new BT-50, which will launch in Australia during the second half of 2020.