Mazda Australia has unveiled the heavily facelifted BT-50 ute. In a major departure for the brand, the underpinnings are now sourced from Isuzu, rather than from long-term building partner, Ford. The expected on-sale date is late 2020.
A new diesel engine is fitted, with a 3.0-litre engine that produces 140kW and 450Nm. Gone is the previous five cylinder diesel which made 147kW and 470Nm. However, the new chassis is lighter, meaning a potential fuel-economy savings. The payload is over a tonne and towing is rated as 3,500kg.
The external design has moved away from the angular and swept look of the previous model to the more familiar Mazda signature wing seen in recent years. The large grille and slimline headlights are now proudly upfront on the 2021 BT-50. Mazda calls its design language Kodo, and have successfully blended it with the powerful proportions of the cabin and tray a big ute has.
This Kodo design is brought to life by a crease line that starts just behind the headlight’s wing on either side and finishes at the broad wing mirror. A separate line starts underneath and in the front guards, running arrow straight to the rear lights. The doors feature the familiar gentle indentations to provide an easy on the eyes break from a solid side.
Ergonomics should be a strong point inside any cabin and the 2021 BT-50 is no different. The main dash is a clean, elegant, even simple, slimline rectangle that joins both doors, providing a sense of broadness and space. It houses mirror image airvents, a large touchscreen that features Android and Apple apps, and a swathe of air-com tabs. The driver faces a pair of analogue dials either side of a full colour info screen. Materials are soft touch and add a real sense of luxury for a working ute.
Safety features will include Adaptive Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Keep Assist. Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also said to be standard.
Vinesh Bhindi, the Mazda Australia Managing Director, said: “Brand-New Mazda BT-50 will bring unrivalled design, comfort and capability to the popular ute segment, raising the bar for what these customers can expect from their ute. A more rugged, muscular application of Mazda’s successful Kodo design gives Brand-New Mazda BT-50 unmistakable road presence, while the high-tech safety features provide drivers and fleet manager with peace of mind.”