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The BT-50 is Mazda’s only offering in the utility segment. It is an established model that has won numerous awards and gained a strong following all over the world.
The Kodo design-inspired Mazda BT-50 was first introduced to the South African market in 2012. It was launched as an Active Lifestyle Vehicle with modern and refined styling that defied the conventional workhorse image of a bakkie. The intent was to not only attract traditional business users, but to extend the appeal to a wide range of customers, including families and pleasure-seekers.
The BT-50 facelift is being introduced to further cater to those recreational buyers who enjoy both the outdoor and urban lifestyle by offering all the functionality required for business use, combined with passenger car-like comfort for family use.
In summary, the BT-50 offers refined expressive styling, a comfortable, high-quality interior, a smooth ride with the feel of a passenger car, sporty and responsive driving dynamics that reflect Mazda’s DNA, and outstanding environmental and safety performance
The facelifted bakkie maintains the versatile practicality and exhilarating driving performance of the current models, while the design has been updated to give it a sportier and more powerful presence than ever before. New exterior styling incorporates a newly designed front face, redesigned side steps, rear combination lamps and 17-inch aluminium wheels.
The interior has also been refined to give a higher-quality feel with the addition of Bluetooth, steering wheel switches, and cruise control from the SLX model. The SLE model picks up new features that include a rear-view camera, an auto dimming mirror, and electrical driver seat adjustment.
The BT-50 double cab is available in the following derivatives: 2,2litre 4×2 SLE 6-speed manual, 3,2 litre 4×4 SLE 6-speed manual, and 3,2 litre 4×4 SLE 6-speed auto, as well as new model derivatives: 2,2 litre 4×2 SLX 6-speed manual, and 2,2 litre 4×2 SLE 6-speed auto.
The 2,2 litre engine boasts 110kW at 3700 revs/min and 375Nm at 1500 revs/min while using 7,6 litres / 100km.
The 3,2 litre mill produces 147kW at 300 revs/min and 470Nm at 1750 revs/min while using 9,3 litres/100km in manual guise, and 9,7 litres / 100km when equipped with the 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Convenience and safety features include six airbags, cruise control, Parking sensors, reverse camera, Load Adaptive Control, Trailer Sway Mitigation, and Roll over Mitigation, Hill Launch Assist and Hill Descent Control.
Produced and fully imported from the Auto Alliance plant in Thailand, the facelift offers seven exterior colour options.
The refined BT-50 has expressive styling, high-quality interior and outstanding driving dynamics that reflect Mazda’s DNA. Coupled to a 3-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty, 3-year service plan and 3-year roadside assistance, the BT-50 offers great value and levels of equipment for those looking to stand out in a parking lot littered with Fords and Toyotas.