Mazda's Third-Gen BT-50 Pickup Has Mazda Good Looks on New Isuzu Platform
From the car and driver
Mazda's next-generation BT-50 pickup, based on the Isuzu D-Max, was launched in Australia later this week.
The Kodo design language, the new powertrain and the Isuzu basics result in a winner.
Unfortunately, it is a winner who is not supposed to reach the US market.
After nine years, Mazda has completely revised its BT-50 pickup for the third generation and used the Isuzu D-Max as a starting point. It was unveiled live by Mazda Australia at the end of last week. This is the first time that Mazda is adapting its Kodo design language to a product with a more robust, functional focus. With the use of smooth-edged sheet metal and a face inspired by Mazda's crossover, it's a winning combination if you ask us.
In order not to spoil the luxurious look of the new BT-50, the biggest change comes in the form of its underpinning. Mazda has thrown its aging Ford-based component overboard for the new Isuzu D-Max platform. This also brings with it a new powertrain: The BT-50 will come with a 3.0-liter turbo diesel inline-four as the only option on the market that produces 188 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and is available with both two engines is. or all-wheel drive combined with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Mazda says the BT-50 will have a trailer load of £ 7,716 and a maximum payload of £ 2,348, numbers slightly better than those of the medium-sized pickups that would compete with it in the U.S., such as the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma.
The interior of the BT-50 is the epitome of Mazda and in some ways seems to have a better layout than other Mazda vehicles. The 9.0-inch touchscreen and climate control shared with the Isuzu D-Max can be easily integrated into the dashboard, unlike the button-controlled non-touchscreen units found in the rest of the Mazda range Break out the dashboard. Apart from this difference, the seats, steering wheel, door panels and other materials appear to be of the quality we expect from Mazda. Prices and sales dates have not yet been released, but we cannot regret that the BT-50 will not be available on our shores for the time being.
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