Mazda Motor Corporation has unveiled the all-new Mazda BT-50 pick-up truck. For the first time in nine years, the new BT-50 gets a full redesign for the first time in nine years. And a new organ donor. The underpinnings of the new BT-50 come from Isuzu Motor Limited as an OEM, while the exterior and interior are redesigned by Mazda.
The BT-50 made its debut in 2006, and is sold in regions like Oceania, ASEAN, Central and South America, the Middle East and Africa. Then, it was based on a Ford Ranger and its driving performance that was capable of taking on all kinds of driving situations, and its functionality were highly regarded by drivers who actively drive pick-up trucks.
Meanwhile, taking the base of the Isuzu D-Max, special care went into the vehicle’s design, ease of use and into creating peace of mind for the occupants. This second fully redesigned model aims to bring customers pleasure and enjoyment.
Trust Mazda to add an air of premiumness to something utilitarian. The all-new Mazda BT-50 design takes Mazda’s Kodo — Soul of Motion design theme and melds it with the power, toughness and functionality of a pick-up truck. Mazda had developed the BT-50 with the intention of making travel and the time spent inside the vehicle exceptionally pleasant. The vehicle’s driving performance, functionality and safety meet the active needs of the wide range of situations in which customers may use pick-up trucks.
The new Mazda BT-50 has a wheelbase of 3,125 mm, and dimensions of 5,280 mm (length) × 1,870 mm (width) × 1,790 mm (height). The BT-50 is powered by a 3.0L turbocharged diesel engine with 190 PS @ 3,600 rpm and 450 Nm of torque @ 1,600 – 2,600 rpm. For Australia, it will be the first pick-up truck to be equipped with a centre airbag between the front seats, along with the Isuzu D-Max.
The company will first sell the new BT-50 in Australia in the latter half of 2020. It should also be sold in Thailand as it will be built in Isuzu’s production facility in Samut Prakan. There is no confirmation if Isuzu’s 1.9L Blue Power diesel engine will be used. This engine has a lower output of 150 PS @ 3,600 rpm and 350 Nm of torque @ 1,800 – 2,600 rpm, but is lighter, and quiet and frugal.