Mazda BT-50 falls in mid-size pickup truck class with many redesigned or upgraded models such as Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Triton, VW Amarok, its platform mate Ford Ranger and also versions like Isuzu D-Max and Holden Colorado. In this surroundings, BT-50 is one of the most competitively priced versions but it comes at cost. Many of mentioned rivals are more refined offerings with more modern powertains and interiors and equipped with more advanced safety options.
The BT-50 has undergone the facelift for the 2016 model version but this upgrading has mostly been of cosmetic nature bringing this model with other Mazda’s vehicles designed under the KODO styling language. Aside from refreshed styling it has got minor interior upgrades including upgraded infotainment system but it has still been soldiering with same engines. In that regard, the new 2017 Mazda BT-50 is expected to bring some needed improvements to powertrains, interior and equipment.
2017 Mazda BT-50: Design, Interior
The facelifted 2016 BT-50 has brought some styling tweaks most of them located on its front side but changes hasn’t been so big to show this model in new light. In that context it is expected that model will continue with improvements in this area with arrive of the 2017 Mazda BT-50. Exact details are still unknown but expected changes are associated with new lighting clusters, revised bumpers and refreshed grille. Some new details are also expected to be seen on sheet metal such as slightly reworked hood and side body panels. New wheels and new color options will also expand the list of changes for the new model year.
Inside, the model should experience more radical treatment. Fresh materials and design are expected to bring this truck closer to top class models and upgraded tech features should follow the same path. Revised dash will include new trim inserts, revised center stack and instrument panel. Power adjustable and heated seats will be available together with leather upholstery, two zone automatic climate control, navigation, and more amenities in higher spec versions. These models will probably add more advanced safety features which haven’t been available in current versions but many rivals are equipped with them. Among them we expect blind-spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, etc.
2017 Mazda BT-50: Performance
The powertrains of the new 2017 Mazda BT-50 are expected to introduce some changes but no details have been specified. The model might come with new engine option or it will get upgraded current versions. The entry-level engine is currently 2.2 liter turbo diesel four-cylinder unit which can produce 147 hp and torque of 375 Nm. More powerful and relevant is 3.2 liter five-cylinder turbodiesel with 197 hp and 470 Nm torque. A six-speed manual and automatic transmission are available together with both rear- and all-wheel drive. However, new model will likely bring power improvements and new transmission. The model should also replace the current hydraulic steering system with electric assisted and improved suspension is also expected.
2017 Mazda BT-50: Release date, Price
The new 2017 Mazda BT-50 will be available in variety of options which will cover three body styles including chassis cab versions, rear and all-wheel drive models and three trim levels. That will provide all customers to configure this truck according to their requirements. The release date of this model will probably be late this year and closer to this period more details will be known about it including the price and changes.