The new Mazda BT50 bakkie – the third generation – is due for launch locally in the middle of next month and this iteration has been redesigned from the ground up.
As an evolution of Mazda’s Kodo (Soul of Motion) design, it is immediately evident right from the front of the vehicle with the prominent front grille, and the 3-dimensional signature wing that extends out towards the side.
The design of the headlights is distinct and sharp, taking in cues from Mazda’s SUV range. The Mazda BT-50 isn’t all about utility, but bold evolution, designed with the goal of being a vehicle customers can take pride in owning.
The interior cabin space has been carefully crafted to express Mazda’s commitment to human centric design so everything from dashboard, steering wheel, seats and centre console has been redesigned to ensure drivers feel connected to their vehicle and as comfortable as they can be.
It is a refined and smooth interior that aims for a level of comfort on par with a luxury SUV, by combining sleek and modern elegance with strong functionality.
As with all Mazda models, the BT-50 comes standard with a generous level of features, including MZD Connect Infotainment System with a 7-inch or 9-inch display screen, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, Reverse camera, Parking sensors, LED headlamps, Hill Launch Assist, Hill Descent Control, Trailer Sway Mitigation, seven crash bags and Cruise Control.
The model line-up consists of three derivatives: Active, Dynamic and Individual, and has been aligned with that of the passenger car range. The Active model features a new 1,9-litre diesel engine with automatic or manual gearbox, producing 121 kW of power and 213 Nm of torque.
The Dynamic and Individual models feature the new 3,0-litre engine driving through 6-speed automatic gearbox and producing 140 kW of power and 450 Nm of torque. The Individual model is available with the 4×4 drivetrain, whereas all other models are available in the 4×2 drivetrain.
Craig Roberts, MD of Mazda Southern Africa says: “We could not be prouder or more excited to launch the BT-50 in Southern Africa now. The vehicle has a long history locally, and internationally. It has been re-imagined and re-built from the ground up, with all the utilitarian value of a double-cab bakkie, and all the comfort and technology expected of an SUV. We are confident it will be met with enthusiasm by our customers and media alike, as a true stand-out and another bold reflection on our Japanese Heritage.”
The new BT-50 received a 5 Star ANCAP Safety rating in 2020, issued by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program. The All-New BT-50 will come standard with a 3-Year Unlimited Kilometre Mazda Service Plan, 3-Year Unlimited Kilometre Mazda Warranty and a 3-Year Unlimited Roadside Assistance.