The 2021 Mazda BT-50 ute has been unveiled ahead of its arrival in Australian showrooms before the end of this year.
The firstly completely new model in 10 years marks the end of a 48-year partnership with Ford and commences a new journey with Isuzu.
As CarAdvice has reported earlier, the 2021 Mazda BT-50 is based on the yet-to-be-released 2021 Isuzu D-Max, after Ford and Mazda decided to go separate ways.
The 2021 Isuzu D-Max is already on sale in Thailand but is not due in Australian showrooms until September; the 2021 Mazda BT-50 is expected to be close behind.
While the 2021 Mazda BT-50 is essentially a 2021 Isuzu D-Max under the skin, it has a completely unique exterior and subtle changes in the cabin to distinguish it from the donor vehicle.
The new model has adopted Mazda’s latest ‘shield’ grille, similar to that seen on the CX-9 family SUV, and finally brings the workhorse model into line with the rest of the family.
While pricing and specification for the 2021 Mazda BT-50 are yet to be released, the company has shared key details.
The 2021 Mazda BT-50 will be powered by Isuzu’s upgraded 3.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine and matched to either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto transmission.
The output of 140kW/450Nm is down slightly compared to the current Mazda’s BT-50’s Ford-sourced 3.2-litre five-cylinder (147kW/470Nm), however Mazda says this will deliver better fuel economy.
The new model has also maintained its 3500kg towing capacity and 1000kg-plus payload on certain models.
The 2021 Mazda BT-50 will be the most technically advanced model to wear the badge, available with safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, blind zone warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Added comfort and convenience features include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (one of the first in the ute class to do so), and height and reach adjustable steering (a rarity in the ute class).
In a media statement, Mazda Australia managing director Vinesh Bhindi said the 2021 BT-50 “raises the bar ... for what customers can expect from a 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 managers with peace of mind,” he said.
“Ownership experience remains key to Mazda customers and brand new Mazda BT-50 will take it a step further, with a long list of accessories and customer programs to launch as we get closer to going on sale later in the year.”
CarAdvice has seen, sat in, and crawled over the 2021 Mazda BT-50 during a media preview in Melbourne, and will bring you everything else we know about the all-new model at 5pm today, when an embargo lifts on further information.
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