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Mazda's new BT-50 might be the prettiest pickup truck on road or trail

Mazda's new BT-50 might be the...
The BT-50 comes powered by a 188-hp 3.0-liter diesel engine
The BT-50 comes powered by a 188-hp 3.0-liter diesel engine
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The new BT-50's interior is defined by the large infotainment system, horizontal dashboard, soft-touch materials and comfortable cab seating
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The new BT-50's interior is defined by the large infotainment system, horizontal dashboard, soft-touch materials and comfortable cab seating
Mazda banishes any last hint of Isuzu, giving the BT-50 Kodo style
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Mazda banishes any last hint of Isuzu, giving the BT-50 Kodo style
It may have a pretty face, but it's all hard-nosed util
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It may have a pretty face, but it's all hard-nosed utility in back
The BT-50 comes powered by a 188-hp 3.0-liter diesel engine
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The BT-50 comes powered by a 188-hp 3.0-liter diesel engine
The BT-50 offers 4x4 and an automatic transmission
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The BT-50 offers 4x4 and an automatic transmission
It looks a little better doing it, but the Mazda BT-50 isn't afraid to get dirty
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It looks a little better doing it, but the Mazda BT-50 isn't afraid to get dirty
The BT-50 brings a payload just over 1,000 kg
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The BT-50 brings a payload just over 1,000 kg
Mazda will launch the BT-50 in Australia later this year
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Mazda will launch the BT-50 in Australia later this year
The BT-50 makes the move from Ford Ranger to Isuzu D-Max
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The BT-50 makes the move from Ford Ranger to Isuzu D-Max
Mazda held an online BT-50 debut this week
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Mazda held an online BT-50 debut this week
It may be more styled up front, but the new BT-50 still has a pickup's profile
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It may be more styled up front, but the new BT-50 still has a pickup's profile
At the wheel of the new Mazda BT-50
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At the wheel of the new Mazda BT-50
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Mazda launched the all-new BT-50 this week and immediately got heads turning around the truck world. It switches platforms from the Ford Ranger to the Isuzu D-Max, and in so doing injects some serious in-house design flair. It massages the rough edges away with the entrancing looks of Kodo design language, creating a pickup that looks nearly as sleek and sexy up front as a sports sedan. Call it the antithesis of the Tesla Cybertruck.

No one would accuse the Isuzu D-Max of being the most attractive pickup truck in the world (or near-empty parking lot), and yet Mazda takes that very truck and gives it the effortlessly smooth looks for which it's known. That may or may not be a good thing depending on your truck preferences, and the first BT-50 owners are almost sure to take a ribbing over their purty, crossover-faced truck the first time they pull into the job site. But those doing the ribbing will likely be boiling with envy inside, especially if they happen to be driving a D-Max home.

Mazda's design team creates an interesting juxtaposition of brutish strength at the rear with much softer Kodo treatment up front. It replaces the brash, angry D-Max face with a friendlier face reminiscent of its crossover lineup. The large shield grille stretches out across the front-end, its thick metallic surround extending out to underscore the sleek, sculpted headlamps.

It looks a little better doing it, but the Mazda BT-50 isn't afraid to get dirty
It looks a little better doing it, but the Mazda BT-50 isn't afraid to get dirty

Mazda adds some truck-like strength by planting the grille firmly atop a strong, level foundation – a bulging bar of a bumper capped at the ends by vertical lamps carved into the bodywork. The hood has extra definition owing to the creases that sweep out toward the side-view mirrors.

Out back, Mazda lets the strength and utility of the pickup speak for itself with strong, straight edges and character lines, robust rear fenders and oversized wraparound taillights.

The BT-50 brings a payload just over 1,000 kg
The BT-50 brings a payload just over 1,000 kg

Mazda relies on Isuzu's 3.0-liter diesel engine for 188 hp and 332 lb-ft and will have 4x4 on offer. The BT-50 tows up to 3,500 kg (7,716 lb) and handles 1,065 kg (2,348 lb) in payload. The upgraded driver-assistance suite brings new standard tech, including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, auto emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

At the wheel of the new Mazda BT-50
At the wheel of the new Mazda BT-50

Inside, the new BT-50 carries a car-like cabin with supportive, wraparound front seats, soft-touch materials, and a touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new telescopic steering column offers more personalized adjustment of steering position.

The new BT-50 will launch in Australia during the second half of 2020. There's currently no word on pricing.

Source: Mazda

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4 comments
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Looks like a fairly standard pickup to me.
nick101
That would be a huge hit in N. America, especially with the diesel, but it probably won't come here... :(
Eddy
I can not understand anyone being overly influenced in buying a work and 4x4 leisure time vehicle by the rearrangement of the front sheetmetal as most users I have seen with this type of vehicle put a bullbar, driving lights and winch on the front and then they mostly look the same. I am more impressed with the 3lt less stressed motor when others are using smaller diesels stressed to within an inch of their life to achieve the same output. Driver usability and a convenient dash layout with cabin quality do it more for me.
ljaques
I'll bet they sell a passel of those sweeties. Mazder, please make a 2dr shortbed model for the USA.