WITH roots extending back to the domestic launch of the Mazda B1500 B-series truck in August 1961, the BT-50 line boasts a long history, even among other models in the Mazda family.
While fulfilling its original role as a cargo hauler, Mazda’s pickup truck has evolved over the years to become a utility vehicle making time spent on the road and behind the wheel more enjoyable.
As with the previous model, the brand-New Mazda BT-50 is available in two chassis types Cab Chassis, and Pickup, ensuring it can be used in a wide variety of ways.
From launch, the Mazda BT-50 is available with a choice of Dual Cab Chassis or Dual Cab Pickup styles. Additional cab styles will come on-stream shortly after launch.
New from the ground up, the third generation Mazda BT-50 utility perfectly showcases the Mazda’s latest ‘Kodo, Soul of Motion’ design language. It is strong and assured, yet an instantly recognisable Mazda family member.
The BT-50 stands apart from the crowd courtesy of its broad and prominent four-slat radiator grille which is flanked by distinctively swept slimline headlamps.
Prominent front wings and a bold bumper design highlight the front-end’s overall muscularity and planted stance, enhancing its overall road presence.
That visual strength is further showcased by distinctive, unbroken crease lines flowing from the grille’s edges back along the bonnet to the windscreen’s base, giving an overarching sense of forward movement.
The rear tailgate continues that sense of movement while maximising practicality. Impressive tail lamps sit proud of the tailgate, wrapping around the Pickup bed to emphasise the utility’s width.
There are seven exterior colour choices available for the 2021 Mazda BT-50, including two distinctive launch colours. Gunblue Mica and Concrete Mica join Red Volcano Mica, True Black Mica, Rock Grey Mica, Ingot Silver Metallic and Ice White on the colour chart.
The interior has been crafted to offer unprecedented comfort, style and functionality with high-quality features.
Using Mazda’s ‘Jinba-Ittai’, the feeling of ‘oneness’ between horse and rider philosophy, the interior design team worked tirelessly to ensure the BT-50 driver connects with the vehicle while being as comfortable as possible.
The dash area is noticeably deeper and more upright, while the entire space is finished with high-quality materials that are immediately appreciated.
With a prominent centrally-mounted touch screen, that measures 7.0-inches for XT variants and 9.0-inches for XTR and GT, the broad centre console is unmistakably Mazda in its design and finish.
Depending on model grade, the BT-50 vehicle line-up offers black cloth or brown leather upholstery The GT’s interior features black headlining and pillars complemented by deep brown leather for the seats, door trims and key touchpoints.
For XT and XTR, the dense black cloth adds thickness to the seat covers. By incorporating rubber-like accents with the trim, producing an expression of modern sophistication blended with impressive durability.
The Dual Cab variant’s rear doors are designed with wide openings and indents built into the lower trim and B-pillars, giving ample space for occupant toes and knees.
Extra assistance is provided by B-pillar mounted grips which help support occupants entering or exiting through the rear doors.
The BT-50’s impressive standard feature list makes it equally pleasurable on-road,or off the beaten track. As standard, the new BT-50 range boasts an impressive array of comfort, convenience and safety features.
Remote engine start (GT automatic only), walk away automatic locking system, welcome lights, vanity mirrors, tilt and reach adjustable steering wheel, centre console with USB charger, rear door bottle holders and Infrared-reflecting windscreen glass are all standard.
The BT-50 is as entertaining on the inside as it is purposeful on the outside, with a range of quality infotainment systems available. All BT-50 models have a full-colour touchscreen display for intuitive operation.
The system incorporates an AM/FM tuner with radio data system (RDS), DAB+ digital radio, wireless and USB Apple CarPlay and USB Android Auto. A 3.5mm auxiliary audio input jack is also fitted for other devices.
The third-generation BT-50 features a new 3.0 litre four cylinder turbo diesel engine that delivers a solid 140kW power peak at 3,600rpm and an impressive 450Nm peak torque.
The new engine’s improved torque spread is matched by a choice of more efficient six-speed automatic or manual transmissions.
The 2021 Mazda BT-50 boasts a minimum payload of more than 1,000 kilograms, dependent on cab configuration. BT-50 offers a 3,500-kilogram towing capacity across the range.
Pricing starts from $44,090 (plus on-roads) through to $59,990 (plus on-roads). For further information and to book a test drive, please contact your local Mazda dealer.