Mazda BT-50 truck gets a new KODO design that looks really good
Third-generation Mazda truck is sold in Asia and will be available in Australia
Based off the Isuzu D-Max
Remember the Mazda B2000 truck? Its soul lives on in the Mazda BT-50, although not in North America. Still, Mazda recently redesigned the BT-50 truck for the Asian and Australian markets and we have to stay, it looks good.
We could definitely see this truck next to the Honda Ridgeline and the Ford Ranger, although there’s probably zero chance that Mazda brings the BT-50 over here.
The refreshed model adopts the Mazda KODO design very well, the new grille looking like it’s straight off the Mazda CX-5. The interior is quite upscale as well. The interior shown here is obviously the higher trim model, likely the GT model, but still.
The large 9.0-inch centre touchscreen and overall centre console would look great inside any new Mazda SUV. We’re not sure that could work as the interior is essentially taken from the Isuzu D-Max, but regardless it looks really good.
There are upscale features such as digital instrument gauges, parking sensors, dual-zone climate, leather, and advanced safety features. The BT-50 is meant as a more luxurious option to the Isuzu mid-size truck.
The Mazda BT-50 is exactly the same size as the Ford Ranger, just like the previous Mazda B2000 was identical to the old ranger. It is powered by a 3.0-litre turbodiesel which delivers 190 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque sent to the rear wheels with a six-speed manual standard. Four-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic are both available. The towing capacity reaches 7,716 pounds (3,500 kilos).
So there you have it, there’s a really cool truck with a Mazda logo out there, and it’s worth a quick look. And if you live in an area where the BT-50 is available, we’d sure check it out.