The all-new Mazda BT-50 will be on-sale in Australia in October.
Like the Isuzu D-MAX on which it is based, the new BT-50 really is an all-new vehicle and one that is set to rattle the establishment, with class-leading safety and infotainment systems.
Under the bonnet is a substantially reworked version of Isuzu’s bullet-proof 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel, producing 140kW and 450Nm in a quiet and unruffled manner.
Compared to the outgoing Ranger based BT-50, the new ute is lighter and more fuel-efficient, while still offering up a 3,500kg towing capacity and a genuine 1,000kg+ payload.
A large touchscreen infotainment system offers comprehensive functionality, including Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay.
For the first time Adaptive Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are all available as standard equipment.
Looks are subjective, but we suspect most people will find this new BT-50 more than a little easier on the eye than the previous model.
We’ve driven the new D-MAX and while we can’t write about that until the end of this month, we can say with a high degree of confidence that it, and the new BT-50, are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the 4X4 ute market.
Expect pricing and full specifications for Mazda’s BT-50 range to be made available following its pending local media launch.