Mazda Australia has announced that the all-new Mazda BT-50 will go on sale in October this year.
Like the D-MAX, the new BT-50 is powered by a 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that makes a claimed 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque. And while these figures are down marginally on the previous-generation five-cylinder BT-50, the new model is lighter, resulting in similar levels of performance and improved fuel economy.
While it shares the same platform as the D-MAX, the BT-50 has unique styling, featuring Mazda’s Kodo design language, described thus by Mazda: “Brand-New Mazda BT-50 combines muscular proportions with Mazda’s iconic Kodo design language, conveying a sense of bold and powerful movement, even when standing still. Its three-dimensional signature wing establishes a commanding front view and dominating road presence, accentuated by sweeping crease lines running from the grille out towards the wing mirrors, paired with an unbroken centre line that flows from front to rear.”
The BT-50 will have a 3500kg maximum braked towing capacity and a 1000kg+ payload, and will be packed with active safety features including Adaptive Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. It will also feature a centre airbag.
As well as unique exterior styling, the BT-50 will have a unique interior, distinct from the D-MAX thanks to a different dash design, different trim and the use of different materials, although the location of switchgear and HVAC hard-points is the same for both vehicles.
Mazda is yet to release pricing or model-range details on the new BT-50 at this stage but you can check out more details on the Mazda Australia website.