For most of its history, the Mazda BT-50 was a joint project between the Japanese automaker and Ford. Of course, everyone knows at this point that the two companies have since parted ways in 2015. For its next-generation BT-50, Mazda has confirmed in the latter part of 2019 that its next-generation pick-up will be a joint project with Isuzu. Luckily, we don’t have to wait any longer as Mazda has unveiled the all-new BT-50 in Australia today.
The all-new Mazda BT-50 is certainly in its best form in years. The Japanese automaker’s evolved Kodo design language works extremely well in a pick-up canvas. Up front, the BT-50’s fascia is highlighted by Mazda’s signature wing-shaped grille, circular LED daytime running lights, and a minimalist design that’s devoid of any character lines. It’s certainly the most car-like design among pick-up trucks, though it still manages to look tough and utilitarian with its high-profile tires and 18-inch alloy wheels. The back is finished off with a nice pair of sleek LED taillights.
In line with Mazda’s goal of offering a premium experience, the interior is bathed in luscious brown soft-touch accents and brown leather seats. It is in the interior where the familiarity with its Isuzu D-Max sibling is evident, which is all-new for this year. Rather than the Mazda Connect infotainment system we are now familiar with, the BT-50 uses the same 8-inch touch screen infotainment system as the one from Isuzu, which means it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also passive entry with push-button start, power-adjustable driver’s seat, and dual-zone climate control.
Under the hood of the Mazda BT-50 is the same engine as the all-new Isuzu D-Max–a 3.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged diesel engine that produces 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear or all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Mazda has not revealed the BT-50’s other details such as what advanced driver-assist features this pick-up has. However, based on the forward-facing camera and sensors mounted on the top of the windshield, it is safe to say that the BT-50 will come with features such as lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, just to name a few.
The all-new Mazda BT-50 will first go on sale in Australia in the latter part of 2020, while an ASEAN launch should follow shortly.