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by Tim Beissmann

The all-new Mazda BT-50 will be available from launch later this year with an Australian-made airbag-compatible bull bar and other genuine Mazda accessories.

Mazda engineers have spent months working on the bull bar to ensure it meets Australian Design Rule standards.

Available in powder-coated black steel and polished aluminium finishes, both bull bars have been subjected to more than 2000 hours of salt spray testing, which Mazda says is equivalent to about 50 years of average use.

The bull bar designs have undergone a number of crash tests on the vehicle, and both are fully airbag-compatible. They also feature mounting points for LightForce driving lights and a UHF radio antenna.

Chief designer of the all-new Mazda BT-50, Ryo Yanagisawa, said a number of top-selling local BT-50 dealers were involved in the design of the bull bars.

Other genuine Mazda accessories available on the new BT-50 will include a sports bar, nudge bar and side steps.

The all-new Mazda BT-50 will go on sale in Australia in the coming months.

Developed in collaboration with the all-new Ford Ranger, the BT-50 will be available as a diesel-only model.

The engines – a 110kW/375Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder and a 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder – will be teamed with automatic and manual transmission options, both with six speeds.

Mazda Australia is yet to confirm if the new BT-50 with electronic stability control standard on all models to match the Volkswagen Amarok, or if it will only come on the higher-grade models.

Read more about the Mazda BT-50.




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