Mazda prepares to start sales of the new pickup BT-50October 9, 2020
The Japanese pickup truck Mazda BT-50 will soon go on sale in the Australian market.
Mazda unveiled the all-new BT-50 pickup in June this year, but sales of the models will initially only take place in Australia, and then the model will also hit the South African and Southeast Asian markets. In Australia, deliveries of new items will begin this month.
To mark the upcoming launch of the new pickup truck, Mazda has released a large series of photos of the Mazda BT-50. The new pickup is making the first move from the Ford Ranger platform to the Isuzu D-Max architecture while adopting the Kodo brand design language.
Compared to the third-generation D-Max, the BT-50 looks very different, especially at the front, where it gets Mazda’s signature grille and sleek horizontal headlights. The pickup also has different taillights, as well as more prominent relief on the rear fenders.
Perhaps the most dramatic changes are concentrated in the cabin, where Mazda offers a more upscale ambience. While many elements have been carried over from the D-Max, the BT-50 uses more high-quality materials for the interior.
After all, Mazda says the BT-50 isn’t just a workhorse, it can also be used as a family car or for off-road travel. The double cab body provides space for five passengers, while the rear seats are equipped with ventilation and a USB port. In addition, parents can place two child seats in the back.
The ability to mount all-wheel drive with locking rear differential, as well as the ability to carry almost any load, make the BT-50 a good choice for adventure seekers. For those looking to tackle difficult terrain, there are original accessories that can enhance the pickup’s off-road capabilities. For customers looking for a simple work machine, the BT-50 can carry over a ton and tow a trailer up to 3,500 kg.
This is made possible by the 3.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine producing 188 hp. 450 Nm of torque with six-speed automatic or manual transmission. According to Mazda, fuel consumption is only 7.7 l / 100 km on the combined cycle.
In terms of technology, the 2021 Mazda BT-50 comes with standard Hill Ascent and Hill Descent controls, Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay, and remote engine start. In addition, already in the basic equipment, the pickup receives adaptive cruise control, emergency braking systems and lane departure warnings, monitoring of blind spots and more.
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