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The all-new Mazda BT-50 ute will continue to be offered as a diesel-only model when it is launched in Australia at the end of this year.

The two diesel units will be shared with the BT-50’s sister car, the all-new Ford Ranger, although the 2.5-litre four-cylinder Duratec petrol engine destined for the Ford will not feature under the bonnet of the Mazda.

Performance data of both vehicles will be the same. The MZ-CD 3.2 (as Mazda calls it) is a 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel unit with 147kW of power and 470Nm of torque. Like the Ranger, towing capacity will be 3350kg.

The current 3.0-litre diesel in the outgoing BT-50 produces 115kW and 380Nm of torque – 32kW and 90Nm fewer than the new model. Its towing capacity is 350kg lower than the upcoming model.

The engine will be available with both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions, and Mazda says both promise significant improvements in NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) levels.

The second engine is the MZ-CD 2.2 – a four-cylinder 2.2-litre diesel which produces 110kW of power and 375Nm of torque (up 5kW and 45Nm over the outgoing 2.5-litre diesel engine). Maximum towing capacity is up 250kg to 2500kg.

Fuel consumption and emissions data is still to be released, although Mazda says both engines will offer enhanced efficiency. Currently, the 2.5-litre engine uses 8.5 litres/100km on the combined cycle, while the 3.0-litre diesel averages 9.5 litres/100km.

The competition in the light commercial segment has never been so intense. The brand new Volkswagen Amarok started the overhaul of the market in February, the Ford Ranger is due early in the second half of this year, the BT-50 will hit local showrooms before the end of the year, and the all-new Holden Colorado will go on sale early in 2012.

  • mac

    The happiest ute on earth!

  • V8 UTE!

    It just looks stupid!

    • Chili Dog

      Your awesome ute with the bright green paint job, 22 inch rims and southern cross sticker does not?

      • V8 UTE!

        Thats along way from the truth about my car, I have a 2009 FPV Super Pursuit Ute in black, no bright green, no stupid stickers and no 22 inch rims!

        • Styler

          What are ya superman fpv super persuit ute lol now that is stupid.


    THAT IS ONE FUGLY UTE, i will wait for the next gen d-max

    • mrxandthexfactor

      No. THAT IS ONE FUGLY CAR MANUFACTURER. Only the MPS is good looking. Apart from that, Mazdas are really ugly

  • Toyota Guru

    Great thinking there Mazda. Buy a new BT and you’ll have pay for 6 cylinder rego in QLD.

    • Modern Man

      thats right they forgot to look at the ridiculous rego costs in qld. you should have told them earlier so they didn’t make a mistake. QLD rego equals stupidity. four cylinder petrol using 10.5 l/100 is cheaper to register than a 5 cylinder diesel using 9.0l/100. Money grabbing anyone?

  • Toyota Guru

    Oh, hey CA, with your mentioning of new model commercials coming out, don’t forget the heavily facelifted and spec changed Hilux coming out mid-year.

    • TMG

      A bonet, headlights, and revised tail lights do not mean Heavily faclifted, how about we split the difference and call it revised… and spec re-alighment to bring it up to the most basic offereing from others.

    • JEKYL & HYDE

      why should they,

      rumors say stock supply could be a problem with hilux(tsunami and all)…

      • MARC

        All Hiluxes are made in Thailand by the way. In fact, all utes are these days.

        • Richo

          The parts are from all over the world, assembled in Thailand.

    • Randle S.

      To bad the (Hilux) clutches are still burning out… Whats happened to the Hilux name? It’s just going down hill more and more. I suppose it’s just a clutch, because clutches are heaps less important then looks.

  • Duckula

    Im just trying to imagine how hard its going to be to get a bullbar to look decent on the front, as the front of the ute angles down to a point…. so if u put a straight horizontal bully on it, isnt it going to look a bit weird ( not that it doesnt like weird enuff as it is)

    • Tool Abuser

      ooo… yeah… they didn’t think of that… I guess you didn’t read the specs like the other wise men on this forum huh? Go check out “Approach angle”, then, like every serious driver does, “imagine” what it looks like with ARB or TJM B’Bars’ put on (or just go check them out now seeing as they FINALLY released them). But yeah, it’s guna look weird… good one.

  • paulb

    The ute market is taking a massive leap forward.BT50,Ranger,Colorado,Triton,Navara,Amarok,Sangyong,Great Wall+the king Hilux.Dont forget the sedan like drive from Commodore + Falcon utes

  • Shak

    The engineering is probably very sound, and the engines are probably very strong, but i dont think any self respecting tradie is going to buy a Ute with Botox that went wrong.


    didn’t they do a crash test with the mazda bt and it scored very low? the whole car fell apart

    • Don Quay

      I think that was either the Great Wall death trap or the earlier Navaras with the dud airbag sensor.

  • Azza

    Hmmmm It’s defiantly not my type of ute. After all the last thing a utility should look like is well like that. A good design for a ute is the new ford ranger. Muscle, not ugly betty.

  • Devil’s Advocate

    If only you could get the better looking Ranger with the interior of the new BT50. Whilst the BT50 looks a little ……..different…….. from the outside, the interior does look quite good and very “un-ute-like”!

  • Sumpguard

    Mazda went from having one of the better looking utes to the outright ugliest in a single bound. That front end is bloody aweful and the rear ain’t much better.

    • mrxandthexfactor

      Mazda needs to learn this lesson.

  • Jimmy


  • adam smolkowicz

    yeah looks kinda weird

  • MARC

    What’s wrong with Mazdas these days? They all have ugly big grin on their blown up faces and a big band of in-your-face cheap plastic grill.
    Definitely does not look smart, (low IQ? with cheap make up + failed plastic surgery) & definitely does not look high quality.
    I hope they learn from VW what a smart design looks like (Amarok looks WAY better in design, even in 2WD versions)

  • http://ozmazda.com ozmazda

    Great figures Mazda and the BT50 with its family DNA looks great…..bold fresh and modern…..the ranger looks like a yanky crossbreed…

    • Modern Man

      this is from a desperate Mazda salesman i believe. currently you can say ‘we sell rangers with alloys and mostly vynil interior and grey bumpers’, now your gonna have to say ‘we sell rangers ugly cousin who is locked under the stairs’. sorry but your sales are going to nose dive.

      • Sumpguard

        I’ll take the ranger thanks!

  • Snowman

    I’d rather get the Ford version, I think – I don’t get the stupid grin that Mazda insist on having on their cars lately. It sounds like a really nice ute though, make a great van towing machine

  • Westie

    Reminds me of the early days of Japanese badge engineering, where the company with the least design input got second dibs at the design, and tried to differentiate their work with as few changes to expensive bits as possible.
    Think early Laser (styling mods sorta worked)
    Early Telstar (didn’t)
    Toyota Lexan (nope!)
    Or, more recently, the Saabaru… (not at all!)

  • http://baji192.wordpress.com Baji

    In my opinion, Mazda has deliberately changed the design of the BT50 to disassociate the ute with being a ‘workhorse’ and moved more towards being something akin to a ‘show pony’. The ranger will always be popular with the commercial/fleet markets, and so mazda have probably decided to target the private market, marketing the new BT50 as a recreation vehicle.

    Of course people will say that it looks strange, but again you can argue that it looks strange because it isn’t being targeted to you. It might be trying to target the same sort of crowd that would buy something like the Kia Soul, Toyota Rukus, FJ Cruiser etc, all with subjective looks.

    As far as looks go, the BT50 is growing on me. I think its the type of vehicle that looks better in a different color and in the metal, as it has a lot of subtle curves that only certain lighting will show.

    I still think that when the bt50/ranger gets released, they will no doubt be the best of the bunch.

    • corey

      sorry Baji, in adavance to put a dampener on your comment, but if Mazda are trying to target the sort of minority market like the Kia souls Toyota ruckas then the sales numbers on this new model are going to dive big time as i dont see too many of those other brands new models on the road. the only thing i can see as an advantage on this new bt50 is the towing capacity but i dont think would want to be seen driving a ugly piece of kooma around like that.

      • http://baji192.wordpress.com Baji

        No probs corey. Everyones entitled to their opinion. I guess what i was trying to say was that instead of focusing mainly on tradies/commercial/fleets, mazda are opting to target customers who many not have considered a ute before. I read somewhere that Mazda are going to be marketing this as more of a recreation vehicle rather than a work vehicle.

        • ivan

          Солидарен! Новый дизайн предполагает особую потребительскую нишу. В России это довольно популярная машина у горожан из больших городов ( в провинции есиь проблема с качественным топливом…

          • Richo

            Иван, вы сошли с ума, это Уте является собака пошла уродливая и только сумасшедший русский, который слишком много пьет водку бы помыслить что еще.

  • Eric

    Well, going by the number of people here who think it looks stupid due the smiley face, I should think it will be a big seller since the Mazda3 has the same design with the same negative response here (CA) and it’s the biggest selling car in Australia year to date.

    147kW of power and 470Nm of torque in a Single Cab 4×4 ute will be a VERY big draw card for any tradie


  • Brad

    Didn’t like it when there was artists impressions only but in the flesh I kinda like it. It doesn’t look like a regular ute but I guess that is the point and yes I am a tradie.

  • ???

    Oh, so somebody has made a 4×4 ute a poof or soccer mum would be proud to drive. That’ll do me, this and the ford ranger are the ugliest and softest looking 4×4 utes ive ever seen, mahindra and great wall included. The technical specs are good but imagine what a tradies are going to think when they drive up the road getting a wave and a wink from every local poof in the area because this and the ranger both scream “LOOK AT ME, IM A POOFTER!” No one will get caught dead in these!

    Grow up and get a Hilux!

    • DWS1

      Oh dear, the choice of a vehicle is personal and it is best you go and grow up and stop with the name calling. It would be a boring world if all utes looked the same.

    • Styler

      So i can conclude from that you have one on backorder???

      Simply grow up.

    • TOny Daniels

      You couldn’t even put your name down. you’re as gutless as a Hilux drive assembly. It’s good you noted the tech specs’… cuz they ain’t bad at all.. but yeah… you’re right, stick to boxy shaped 4x4s’ and then all your mates will love you… why does that sound weird?

  • al

    All these “Alien-eyes” like headlights are so ugly nowadays.
    No decent bumper bar sucks.
    No manual windows sucks.
    Overbuilt, bloated, too heavy, like most new cars.

  • JHP

    rear part is just… awful…

  • JHP

    it looks like toyota hilux with screwed up front n rear

  • bernard

    All these Utes underneath are unchanged from the last twenty years.And they have the cheek to ask 50k for them.

  • Bloody Terrible

    Its not bloody terrific anymore. It’s bloody terrible! No way in hell I’m trading in my old BT-50 for this monstrosity! Just look how well the the fugly kyrons sell…

  • Greg

    Mazda make decent vehicles but holy crap have they missed the boat with this one.  I mean have they been missing what Toyota, Ford, VW have been presenting.The BT-50 simply looks aweful.  I live in ute central (Alice Springs) and thankfully I haven’t seen one ever.  The owner would probably be arrested.  They have even over taken Hyundai with the weirdest fugly car lineups. (Hyujndais are actually startying to look good now)

    • Tim Fergus

      Hmm Greg… you wanna rethink your “ford” comment after you read up on it? Once again, yo’re one of the few that have valuable opinions based on looks rather performance and capability. No wonder you live in Alice. Congratulations on your Hyundai or Hyujndais or whatever it is your driving though. lol…