Mazda has finally unveiled the all new 3rd generation BT-50 pickup truck replacing the 2nd gen model that lasted for nearly 9 years. While the 2nd gen BT-50 was based on the Ford Ranger, the latest model is based on the all new 3rd gen Isuzu D-Max that made its debut in October last year.
Although based on the Isuzu D-Max, the new Mazda BT-50 boasts its own unique styling effectively differentiating itself from the donor model. Employing the signature kodo design language, the all-new BT-50 resembles its crossover sibling, the Mazda CX-9 while combining utility and luxury in an attractive-looking package. Maintaining its smooth and classier design theme, the BT-50 gets a simpler tailgate and unique set of wrap-around tail lamps which are different than those offered with the latest D-Max however the 18-inch wheels are the same as its Isuzu donor.
All new Mazda BT-50
Inside, the simple and classy theme continues with a dashboard that is again unique to the BT-50 while featuring a horizontal design with the head unit flanked by air vents. The overall design and appearance of the interior is pretty much car-like & much evolved than what we see on regular pickup trucks. According to Mazda:
“The all-new BT-50 design expresses the unique beauty of Mazda’s Kodo Soul of Motion design theme with power, toughness and utilitarian functionality suited to a pickup truck. Mazda developed the BT-50 with the intention of making travel and the time spent inside the vehicle exceptionally pleasant.”
Under the hood there is Isuzu’s 3.0 liter 4JJ3-TCX turbo-diesel with 190 hp of power and 450 Nm of torque paired to 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. With reduced body weight and a more frugal engine, the new BT-50 will see a significant improvement in fuel economy. Mazda says the towing capacity is 3,500 kg and payload is over 1,000 kg for enhanced practicality.
On the safety front, the all new Mazda BT-50 comes with the latest driver assistance technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.