Mazda BT-50 is mid-size ute designed to look like nothing other on the road but also to get the job done. It comes in many configurations and five-cylinder diesel engine provides plenty of pulling power. Spacious cabin and useful features are also available. This truck is also one of the most affordable models in the segment among rivals like the Isuzu D-max, Holden Colorado, VW Amarok, Ford Ranger, etc. Mazda offered the facelifted BT-50 without of any significant structural or powertrain update for the 2016 model year while this generation debuted on Ranger’s underpinning in 2012. The updated BT-50 will arrive in some markets as the 2017 model while we are already looking forward the 2018 Mazda BT-50.
New for 2018:
Nothing has officially been said about the 2018 BT-50 and the 2017 version has still been in the focus. However, some sources already suggesting that next version of this truck would arrive as the new generation model. The styling of this truck won’t allegedly change much but some structural and powertrain improvements should occur. The new model should also bring interior and improvements in the safety aspect.
2018 Mazda BT-50: Design
Big changes regarding the styling are not expected in the new 2018 Mazda BT-50 according to the latest reports. The model should keep the curvaceous front end with the unique grille and bumper updated for the 2016 model year while will likely add modernized headlights. The hood will have attractive creases and swollen fenders will also add to model’s appearance. The tailgate area should exhibit new taillights and new wheel designs should also be available.
However, the reports suggest, that mild styling updates will be followed by more important structural upgrades. The model should get the newer underpinning including the suspension which should improve model’s handling and ride comfort alongside with the towing capacity.
Interior of the new model should be more refined with better materials quality and new textures. Upgraded dashboard design should include the new center stack with upgraded infotainment features. The screen with the higher resolution and updated features will provide smartphone integration and almost all versions should get some kind of touchscreen interface.
On the other hand, all Mazda vehicles provide high-level of comfort and that will be the case here as well. Comfortable front seats will be available with high-quality upholstery and power and heating features.
The model should also improve its safety aspect with the addition of the new advanced safety features. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, lane departure warning and more should be available on the new version.
The BT-50 will also be available in three cab styles and different bed lengths. Available trims will also cover everything from the base-equipped working trucks to more luxurious versions.
2018 Mazda BT-50: Powertrain
The current version of this ute comes with two engine options. The base 2.0-liter turbo diesel can produce around 147 hp(110 KW) and torque of 375 Nm. More potent 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbo diesel can tackle any job with 197 hp(147kW) and torque of 470 Nm. The six-speed automatic transmission is available with the option between the front- and all-wheel drive. The BT-50 is capable of carrying loads of up to 1, 389 kg while towing limit reaches 3, 500 kg.
On the other hand, for the 2018 Mazda BT-50, there is no any information about engine options. Expectations are that improved 3.2-liter diesel should be available but the all-new engine option and transmission system could be thrown in the game as well.
As we said earlier, structural and mechanical changes should also improve the performance and riding comfort of this model.
2018 Mazda BT-50: Arrival, Price
The new 2018 Mazda BT-50 should break the wraps by the end of this year when we will know would it come as the all-new model or not. In any case, the price should go up but not radically.