Colin-on-Cars – Mazda BT-50 joins the fray

In keeping with the naming conventions of its passenger car range, the new Mazda BT-50 – generation three – will feature three derivatives in Active, Dynamic and Individual specification.

The Active model features a new 1,9-litre diesel engine with automatic or manual gearbox whereas the Dynamic and Individual models host the new 3,0-litre 6-speed automatic. The Individual model is available with the 4×4 drivetrain, whereas all other models are available in the 4×2 drivetrain.

From the outside, the BT-50 follows Mazda’s Kodo Design language where the prominent front grille, and the 3-dimensional signature wing that extends out towards the side, make it instantly recognisable as a Mazda product.

The design of the headlights is distinct and sharp, taking in cues from Mazda’s SUV range, while the load-bay has ample room and can handle payloads of one ton. At the back, the tailgate is the key design point, shaped to flow towards the Mazda badge to create a continuity of movement from front to rear.

Standard exterior features on the BT-50 range include; LED Headlamps, Daytime Running Lamps, Rear Combination Lamps and Front rain-sensing wipers.

Inside, everything from the dashboard, steering wheel, seats and center console has been redesigned and the horizontal layout of the instrument panel extends out to the door trim on each side, creating a comfortable and spacious cabin.

It has door mouldings that wrap around the dash area  and an expansive centre console, while rear passengers get a USB charging port, rear air ducts and grip assist handles.

The BT-50 features an instrument cluster with two round analogue meters flanking a 4,2-inch multi-information display in the centre. The front air-conditioning louvres feature sculpted three-dimensional depth. They are accented by a sharp strip of decorative trim that spreads out from the centre of the instrument panel toward the passenger seat.

The wide cab offers 1 463 mm of shoulder room in the front seats and 770 mm between the driver and front passenger seats.

The adjustable driver’s seat ensures comfort by also offering six-way seat adjustment and there is a manual lumber support function for the driver seat on the Dynamic and Individual model.

The rear seats have a tether strap that can be wrapped over the seatbelt to prevent them getting hooked behind the seat when folding the seat back. There is rear centre armrest with cupholders, 1,5-litre bottle holders in the doors as well as clearly marked ISOFIX points, storage compartments and a USB port. Behind the front seats there is a hook, allowing passengers to hang a coat, handbag or anything up to 4 kg.

The infotainment system comes with a 7-inch or 9-inch display screen, smartphone connectivity for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and connectivity information is also delivered to the instrument panel. The Active model has 6-speaker surround sound and 8-speakers on the Dynamic and Individual models.

The BT-50 offers a high level of safety across the range with standard safety features including Auto door lock, Reverse Camera, Smart Advanced Keyless Entry, ISOFIX and Driver, Passenger, Knee (driver), Curtain and Side crash bags.

It has anti-lock braking with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) as well as Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) which includes the following functions: Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Launch Assist (HLA), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Roll Over Mitigation (ROM) as well as Trailer Sway Mitigation (TSM), also standard from the entry level BT-50.

The All-New Mazda BT-50 comes standard with a 3-Year Unlimited Kilometre Mazda Service Plan, 3-Year Unlimited Kilometre Mazda Warranty and a 3-Year Unlimited Roadside Assistance.


Mazda BT-50 1.9L Active 6MT & 6AT 4×2

* Max Power (kW @ rpm): 110

* Max Torque (Nm @ rpm): 350

* 6-Speed manual/automatic transmission

* 7 Airbags SRS: Driver, Passenger, Knee, Side & Curtain

* Auto Cruise Control

* Infotainment System:

Mazda BT-50 3.0L Dynamic 6AT 4×2

* Max Power (kW @rpm): 140

* Max Torque (Nm @ rpm): 450

Mazda BT-50 3.0L Individual 6AT 4×4

* 4-Wheel Drive (4WD)

* Front Axle Disconnect

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