After an awaited 9 years, Mazda has finally redesigned the BT-50 bakkie and it is all new. The BT-50 was not always the most talked about bakkie in the automotive space, in fact not even amongst the top 10 best selling bakkies in South Africa. However, we can see that the new one looks promising and personally I think this is ought to be the best looking bakkie when it launches in SA hopefully later this year.

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Mazda has teamed up with Isuzu Motors Limited to co-develop the platform, engine and other interior bits but that has been done mostly by Isuzu as they are experts in this aspect of vehicles. The Mazda Kodo design language has been expressed onto the new BT-50 which outlines a “Soul of Motion” appeal to the eye and it has been infused with the toughness and utilitarian of what a bakkie should be. The headlights are slimmer and look a lot more like the ones from the CX-5 SUV with its chrome grille. The side and rear end look like the Isuzu D-Max which is the car that is based on following its departure from the Ford partnership.

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This BT-50 is 5 280 mm long, 1 870 mm wide, 1 790 mm tall with a wheelbase of 3 125 mm. The maximum payload is at 1 065 kg whilst the towing capacity is 3 500 kg, and that is a standard for all bakkies currently on sale in SA. There is a new engine that will be offered and that is a 3.0L diesel engine producing 188 hp (140 kW) and a max torque figure of 450 Nm available at 1600 – 2600 rpm.

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The interior shares a lot of its equipment with the D-Max and that includes the climate control and the 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is a 4.2-inch digital screen on the centre dials of the analogue instrument cluster which displays important vehicle information. There are various safety features included like cruise control, auto emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring.

So it’s clear to say that the BT-50 will offer a premium package with good looks. There is no word yet about the SA spec information but Mazda states that it will be available at launch.

Source: Mazda BT-50 press release, Motor1