2021 Mazda BT-50 exterior quarter front

After years of sharing several mechanicals from the Ford Ranger, the Mazda BT-50 already parted ways, with it now being based on the current Isuzu D-MAX. Notably, the D-MAX is doing pretty well as one of the best-selling pickups in the country.  Given that, we may just see better days with the Mazda BT-50 as well, as it is based on the said truck. In order to further assess the Mazda, the Australian market already released its official specifications. Let’s look into it, shall we?

After years of sharing several mechanicals from the Ford Ranger, the Mazda BT-50 already parted ways, with it now being based on the current Isuzu D-MAX. Notably, the D-MAX is doing pretty well as one of the best-selling pickups in the country.  Given that, we may just see better days with the Mazda BT-50 as well, as it is based on the said truck. In order to further assess the Mazda, the Australian market already released its official specifications. Let’s look into it, shall we?

Compared to its predecessor which is based on the Ford Ranger, the Mazda BT-50 is lighter, with it saving up to 50 kg over its predecessor. Its ground clearance may vary depending on the wheels, the ones with the smaller 17-inch alloys allow for 235 mm, while those equipped with 18-inch alloys go up to 240 mm. Along with the ground clearance figures, the new Mazda BT-50 is also a flood wader all thanks to its 800 mm water wading depth. Lastly, the BT-50's braked towing capacity is at 3,500 kg, while unbraked towing is 750 kg.

Going further, standard features include LED headlights, 17-inch alloys, cruise control, and the much-appreciated 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On the other hand. Despite its generous specifications, there are still some features that are reserved for both the mid-grade and top-trim variant.

As for the powerplant, the Mazda BT-50 comes with only one engine option across all variants, and that’s a 3.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine that churns out a healthy 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque. The said mill could either be paired with a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT. Likewise, 4x4 models get a Locking Rear Differential (LRD) as standard.

The all-new Mazda BT-50 may seem like a competitive product of the Japanese brand. This marks a strong comeback for Mazda on the midsize pickup segment. While we still have no official dates or any sort of confirmation from Mazda Philippines, this pickup truck shall bring a potential heat to the ongoing competition.

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