Mazda has launched its new-generation BT-50 double cab bakkie in South Africa and it’s fair to say that (compared to its predecessor) this is a completely new vehicle from the ground up, now being based on the new-generation Isuzu D-Max, which has not been launched locally as yet.
The Mazda BT-50 will be available in four variants:
1,9 Active manual – R611 900
1,9 Active AT – R647 900
3,0 Dynamic AT – R759 400
3,0 Individual 4×4 AT – R794 400
The 1,9-litre entry-level turbodiesel engine produces 110 kW and 350 N.m, and it is available with a choice between six-speed manual and six-speed automatic gearboxes, with power going to the rear wheels only in both cases.
The 3,0-litre turbodiesel model is available in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations, and this engine is good for 140 kW and 450 N.m. The bigger engine is paired exclusively with the aforementioned six-speed automatic gearbox.
In terms of spec, the 1,9 Active base model ships with a 7-inch, six-speaker infotainment system with reverse camera, as well as cruise control, manual air conditioning, six-way power adjustable driver’s seat, Hill Descent Control, Trailer Sway Mitigation, locking rear differential, seven airbags and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The 3,0 Dynamic model upgrades to a 9,0-inch infotainment system with 8 speakers, and also adds dual-zone climate control to the mix along with front parking sensors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto headlights and wipers, auto-fold chromed exterior mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The 3,0 Individual has the same cabin spec as the aforementioned Dynamic, but adds four-wheel drive and Front Axle Disconnect.
The Mazda BT-50 is available in six colours: Concrete Grey, Rock Grey, Ingot Silver, Red Volcano and Gun Blue. All models are sold with a three-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and service plan.