After nine long years on the roads without the full redesign, the mid-size 2021 Mazda BT-50 is the all-new model. The redesigned, third-generation BT-50 broke the ties with the global Ford Ranger and the new model has a lot in common with the third-generation Isuzu D-Max. Decades-long partnership with Ford is over and the new, best-ever Mazda BT-50 is the product of two Japanese companies’ joint effort.
The redesigned BT-50 uses Isuzu’s underpinning while also discontinued Ford’s powertrain in favor of the Isuzu’s latest turbodiesel unit. Two mid-size models share also most of the in-cab design but the exterior styling of the new BT-50 is finally inspired by the brand’s new SUVs.
The new Mazda BT-50 gets also top-notch tech and safety equipment. The model matches also the class’s best towing capacity and it is more efficient than before.
2021 Mazda BT-50: Platform
The all-new, third-generation 2021 Mazda BT-50 switched from the Ford-based underpinning to the new Isuzu platform that is also the base of the third-generation, mid-size Isuzu D-Max. The new platform uses modern, lightweight materials that promise improved structural rigidity and durability while allowing implementation of the modern technologies including electrified propulsion. The new underpinning brings also saves in weight and the newest version is about 90 kg lighter than before.
The reworked BT-50 comes also with the revised dimensions. The model’s newest iteration is about three inches shorter than before measuring 207.9 inches from bumper to bumper in the crew cab configuration. The wheelbase is 123 inches long compared to the previous Ford-based version sitting on the 127-inch long wheelbase.
From the visual perception, the new Mazda BT-50 shares the styling language with the brand’s newest SUVs.
The model uses the brand’s signature elements than can be seen on the new CX-5 and CX-9 SUVs.
The front-section abandoned regularly criticized “smiling” face in favor of the new more modern design with the brand’s new shield-shaped grille and slim headlights. The new version has also re-sculpted fender flares and defined charter line.
The front bumper is modern and creases on the hood add also to mode’s appearance. The rear integrates vertical taillights with modern graphics and conservative tailgate.
The new Mazda BT-50 comes with the 16-inch and 17-inch wheels in lower grades. The higher-spec models will ride on various-style 18-inch alloy wheels.
The cabin of the new Mazda BT-50 is also a step forward compared to the outgoing version. The material quality is up to Mazda’s standards.
The model has an SUV-like dash with the same center display and air vents like the redesigned Isuzu D-Max. Most of the other aspects including seats, door panels, steering wheel and textures feature Mazda’s signature.
At the equipment level, the redesigned BT-50 will offer a modern infotainment system with a large 9.0-inch touchscreen and wireless Apple Car Play and Android Auto capability. The model will also be available with the stitched leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, adjustable steering wheel, rear air vents, heated seats and more.
The reworked BT-50 gets also most of the modern active safety systems. The list will include adaptive cruise control, blind zone monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, etc.
2021 Mazda BT-50: Performance
The new 2021 Mazda BT-50 ditched the Ford-based underpinning and powertrain in favor of the Isuzu-sourced components.
The Ford’s 3.2-liter five-cylinder Duratorq turbodiesel engine is gone and the Isuzu-made 3.0-liter inline-4 turbodiesel unit is under the hood of the all-new BT-50. The engine makes 188 hp and torque of 332 lb-ft. It is underpowered compared to Ford’s unit but should be 20 percent more efficient.
Mazda will offer the new BT-50 with both two- and four-wheel drive. Two transmission options will be at disposal including six-speed manual and automatic units.
The towing capacity of the new model is 7716 pounds. It can load up to 2348 pounds in the cargo bed.
2021 Mazda BT-50: Availability, Price
Mazda hasn’t yet specified the on-sale date and price of the all-new 2021 Mazda BT-50. The model should go on sale late in the year with a slightly upgraded price.
The new BT-50 is better than ever and ready to compete against the class-leading models. The redesigned truck is an alternative to the Ford Ranger and VW Amarok which will share the components in their new generations. Other rivals include the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara, etc.