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Mazda has launched its BT-50 bakkie in the very competitive South African market. Does this vehicle have what it takes to take on the other competitors in this segment and can it dethrone its Ford Ranger cousin? Kelly Lodewyks drives it to find out.
Mazda’s boldly styled BT-50 pick-up range has reached the South African market. Although the vehicle is targeted at the leisure market, the range includes a full line-up of double-cabs, single-cabs and Freestyle (extended cab) models, as well as four engine options, 4×4 and 4×2 drivetrains and manual and automatic transmissions. In total, there are 17 models.
Mazda’s BT-50 has been styled to evoke a lion about to pounce and its looks have duly polarised public opinion. We recently got a preview of SA’s most purposefully lifestyle-oriented double cab.
With the recent launch of the impressive new Ford Ranger pick-up range and subsequent inevitable discussions around how this latest entry into the highly competitive bakkie market stacks up, it’s worth remembering that the next major competitor (and one that’s pretty close to home for the Ranger) is waiting in the wings.
Mazda will be showing off its all-new BT-50 pick-up at this year’s Johannesburg International Motor Show.
Mazda has released the first pictures of its new Freestyle cab. The company has confirmed that it will launch this extended cabin addition to its bakkie range during the Australian International Motor Show (AIMS), starting 1 July.