The things are evolving faster in the global pickup truck market in recent years and the models are becoming more refined, sophisticated and equipped with more car-like features including the advanced safety equipment. However, not all brands capitalized on the increasing popularity of the pickup trucks and Mazda’s BT-50 model is one of them. The current, Mazda-badged, mid-size ute shares the underpinning and some running parts with the successful Ford Ranger but the Ford-badged model sales in much higher quantities. For example, the four-wheel drive Ford Ranger generates four times higher sales than the Mazda BT-50 equivalent. However, Mazda sad recently that the new generation BT-50 is on the way and the model will make the radical course change.
Mazda announced that the new generation BT-50 will be co-developed with the Isuzu and use the underpinning of the new D-Max model which will also enter the new generation alongside the new Mazda. However, as the things now stand, the redesigned Mazda BT-50 won’t arrive in time for the 2020 model year and with the launch date in late 2020, the model should hit the market for the 2021 season.
In the meantime, the 2020 Mazda BT-50 should return to the showrooms in the same form as Mazda sad it has no plans for upgrades until the redesign.
2020 Mazda BT-50: Design
The current, second-generation Mazda BT-50 has been around since 2011 and the most recent update model received for the 2018 version. For the Australian market, the 2018 BT-50 received revised looks but since the introduction it has been criticized for its polarizing appearance. The BT-50’s smiling, non-rugged looks deviates from brand’s well-received, more dynamic KODO design on other vehicles in the lineup and doesn’t fit well with the trends in the current truck market.
And, while the 2020 Mazda BT-50 will again showcase the same form the new generation BT-50 will get a more tough appearance as Mazda promises. The BT-50 will quit the Nagare design language from the current generation version and adopt a new KODO styling theme with the cues from the latest Mazda 3. The result should be more butch and dynamic appearance which truck buyers prefer nowadays.
The redesigned BT-50 will switch from the current T6 Ranger-based underpinning and share the platform with next Isuzu D-Max.
The cabin of the next 2020 BT-50 will also repeat the current design and there are no signs either that Mazda would upgrade equipment and tech features before the redesign.
The next-gen BT-50 will also put the focus on a more premium interior in try to gain better sales. The sophisticated safety technologies should also arrive with the redesigned model.
The next BT-50 version won’t bring more sophistication in the cabin in the meantime. Mazda upgraded recently the model with Apple Car Apply and Android Auto support and it will also provide several premium features in upper trims. The model has also clean although dated dash design and buyers will also get satisfying interior comfort.
2020 Mazda BT-50: Powertrains
With the architecture, the next generation Mazda BT-50 should also share the running gear with the new Isuzu D-Max. The redesigned model should reportedly introduce a twin-turbo engine.
The 2020 Mazda BT-50 will continue to rely on Ford’s five-cylinder turbodiesel unit which powers also the Ford Ranger but the Blue Oval Brand recently added a 2.0L bi-turbo oiler in upper trims and Ranger Raptor version. A 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbodiesel provides 197 hp at 3000 rpm and max torque of 470 Nm from 1750 rpm. The engine comes in the combination with the six-speed automatic transmission.
The Bt-50 will offer both two- and four-wheel-drive configurations. The towing limit will match the current class best of 3500 kg and the model will also be able to carry around 1000 kg in the cargo bed.
2020 Mazda BT-50: Release, Price
The 2020 Mazda BT-50 will try to stay within the sales charts before the arrival of the new generation version. The redesigned model based on the Isuzu D-Max should bow in late 2020 probably like the 2021 version. The next BT-50 should hit the market late this year. With no upgrades expected the price range should stay close to the current and the next version could even be slightly cheaper than the actual model.