The all-new Mazda BT-50 recently launched, however, there were limited photos of the vehicle. Thanks to Mazda Australia, the vehicle’s first intended market, we get a quick look at how it will look off-road. Just like the Isuzu D-Max, it is based on the new Mazda pickup now comes with a locking rear differential as well as an improved wading depth of 800mm. Thanks to the new lighter chassis from Isuzu, the BT-50 promises to be more agile than its predecessor.
The older version of the Mazda BT-50 used to ride on Ford’s T6 platform, the same one used in the Ranger. Now, however, Mazda has teamed up with Isuzu and is now using their platform for their co-developed pickup truck. As the new pickup truck was done as a collaboration between the two companies, the new BT-50 will be sharing similar if not the same parts as the D-Max. This means that the new pickup truck will now have the same if not similar suspension, the same transmission options, and the same engines that power its Isuzu counterpart. Design-wise both vehicles look similar, however, the front face of the vehicle has been tweaked to better suit Mazda’s design language.
Just as the Isuzu D-Max is both capable on and off the road so too is the all-new BT-50. The Mazda pickup comes powered with Isuzu’s 3.0-liter 4JJ3 TCX turbo diesel motor that produces 187hp and 450 Nm of torque. Thanks to the powerful engine the Mazda BT-50 now packs a 3500kg brake towing capacity and is now capable of holding 1065kg worth of goods as its payload. A new safety suite of technology has also been added to the vehicle, however, specifications for what it will exactly contain are still up in the air.
On the inside the Mazda BT-50 comes with the addition of a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it also now features dual-zone climate control and the option of perforated leather sports seats. A new 4.2-inch LCD screen that displays the trip computer, digital speedometer, and other critical vehicle information is also present in the pickup truck.
While the all-new Mazda BT-50 first set to launch in Australia in the latter half of 2020, it is now a race to see which will enter the Philippine market first, the BT-50, or the all-new Isuzu D-Max.