New car preview: Mazda BT-50
The new Mazda BT-50 has undergone a facelift and received a raft of new features.
The new Mazda BT-50 has been unveiled online in a global car launch event ahead of its release in the Australian market towards the end of the year.
The updated model has received a slew of updates and advancements. These include an updated design which Mazda described as a blend of “sleek and bold styling and rugged capability”, enhanced vehicle features and higher safety standards.
In keeping with the rest of Mazda’s lineup, the manufacturer has infused its “Kodo” design across the BT-50 range.
At the front, the BT-50 has adopted Mazda’s distinctive front end with the three-dimension signature wing wrapping the front grille and extending to the side of the vehicle into deeply sculpted headlamps.
Along the side, a strong shoulder line merges into the rear taillights, and the signature sculpted door design.
Inside, the BT-50 boasts a soft-touch horizontal instrument layout extending from door to door designed to amplify the width and space of the cabin.
Mazda has also developed new body colours for the BT-50 including a “Gunblue Mica” which features light blue highlight areas against dark blue shaded areas and a “Concrete Grey Mica” which has a sparkling aluminium flake throughout.
Developed in partnership with Isuzu, the new BT-50 is powered by a 3.0-litre diesel engine, producing 140Kw power and 450Nm torque.
Though Mazda has not confirmed official figures, they say the new BT-50 will launch with a significant improvement in fuel economy due to reduced body weight and a more frugal engine.
The BT-50 also comes equipped with a 3500kg towing capacity and over 1000kg payload.
For the first time, the BT-50 will feature adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert as standard equipment.
The BT-50 also features a telescopic steering column to aid in driver positioning and touchscreen infotainment system featuring wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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The BT-50 enters a highly competitive segment dominated by the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and to a lesser extent, the Mitsubishi Triton.
In 2019, the Toyota HiLux continued its dominance over the segment being Australia’s top-selling vehicle for the fourth year in a row, ahead of the Ranger which came second and the Triton which came fifth.
So far in 2020, the HiLux is on track for its fifth consecutive title as Australia’s top-selling car, however, the Ford Ranger did outsell its rival in the opening months of 2020 and beat the HiLux in the 4X4 category for 2019.
Mazda Australia Managing Director Vinesh Bhindi said the BT-50 would set a new benchmark in the segment.
“The new Mazda BT-50 will bring unrivalled design, comfort and capability to the popular ute segment, raising the bar for what these customerscan expect from their ute,” Mr Bhindi said.
“A more rugged, muscular application of Mazda’s successful Kodo design gives the Mazda BT-50 unmistakable road presence, while the high-tech safety features provide drivers and fleet manager with peace of mind.”
The new Mazda BT-50 is expected in Australian showrooms towards the end of the year.