Mazda BT-50: new models, more equipment

The Mazda BT-50 range has been expanded with the addition of two new variants along with upgrades to an existing model.
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Mazda has announced the introduction of its first 4x2 Dual Cab Chassis model with the new Mazda BT-50 4x2 Dual Cab Chassis XT, featuring air conditioning, Bluetooth, cruise control, and power windows and mirrors.

The 4x2 Dual Cab Chassis XT scores the 4x4 Dual Cab Chassis XT’s 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel engine and six-speed manual transmission providing a 4x4-equaling braked towing capacity of 3350kg, up from 2500kg, for a starting price of $34,590.

The second new model sees a six-speed automatic transmission find its way into the BT-50 4x2 Single Cab Chassis XT. The new gearbox is joined by Mazda's 110kW/375Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel and Hi-Rider suspension. The changes won’t alter the ute's 2500kg braked towing capacity. A final price for the model is still yet to be confirmed.

Mazda BT-50 Dual Cab XTR

The two new models are due to arrive in showrooms in a matter of weeks, with Mazda saying the inclusion of both new models is in direct response to customer demand for BT-50 variants.

The last Mazda treat is the new inclusion of an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat for the BT-50 4x4 Dual Cab Utility GT, adding another prestige feature to Mazda's range-topping luxury utility. The new seat does result in a slight price increase of $350, meaning $51,410 for the six-speed manual and $53,410 for the six-speed automatic.

Read CarAdvice's review of the Mazda BT-50.