2022 Mazda BT-50

All-new Mazda BT-50 to be launched soon, priced from RM124,179

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Since the 1990s, the Mazda BT-50 has been a ‘twin’ of the Ford Ranger, as the two carmakers worked together to develop a common truck model (they also jointly developed passenger cars, vans and SUVs). However, for the new BT-50, Mazda no longer worked with Ford (which unveiled its new Ranger recently) and instead formed a commercial partnership with Isuzu Motors to develop a new model.

KODO design makes the difference
It’s no secret that the new BT-50 is adapted from the latest Isuzu D-MAX which was launched in Malaysia in April this year. However, when you look at the two pick-up trucks, you will see that Mazda has used its KODO design language to differentiate appearances significantly. In fact, if you were not told of the Isuzu connection, you would probably not think of the D-MAX. And to ensure its brand is immediately known, there is the familiar front grille (enlarged to match the size of the truck) and the 3-dimensional signature wing that extends out towards the side.

2022 Mazda BT-50
With its KODO design language, the new BT-50 has a significantly different appearance from the latest Isuzu D-MAX (below) which it has technical similarities with.

There’s not a lot you can do with a truck design since the profile of cab and cargo bed are pretty much similar. So the areas where differentiation can be done would be areas like the lights. In the case of the BT-50, the headlights are distinct and sharp, taking in cues from Mazda’s SUV range, and achieving the ‘deep gaze’ characteristic of Mazda.

At the back, the tailgate is the key design point, shaped to flow towards the Mazda badge to create a continuity of movement from front to rear. This complements the overall sense of bold and powerful movement, even when standing still.

Two engine choices
For the Malaysian market, Bermaz Motor offers two engine choices – a 1.9-litre or 3-litre turbodiesel 4-cylinder engines. These engines are also used in the D-MAX, so they are proven powerplants although it is possible that Mazda engineers may have tuned the characteristics slightly differently to meet the brand’s own philosophy. The electronic control module is programmed to match the torque delivery characteristics of the engine by always selecting the best ratio. Both engines are paired with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

Two 4-cylinder turbodiesel engines are available for the new BT-50 with displacements of 1.9 litres (left) and 3.0 litres (right).

Inside the double cab
As with the exterior, the double cab interior also has the same high quality feel that Mazdas are known for. The human-centric environment ensures that drivers feel connected to their vehicle and are comfortable. The horizontal layout of the instrument panel extends out to the door trim on each side, visually widening the cabin. Fine stitching is used for the dashboard, instrument panel cover, and kneepads, adding an extra touch of quality to the interior. The door moldings that wrap around the dash area are a feature of the Kodo design philosophy.

Rear passengers have convenience and comfort with air ducts bringing cool air to them and a USB charging port to recharge personal electronic devices. Supportive seats wrap around the body to hold it well when driving over bumpy terrain. A large touchscreen infotainment system offers comprehensive functionality, including Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity.

The new instrument cluster has two round analog meters flanking a 4.2-inch multi-information display in the centre. The panel surface is finished in Mazda’s deep, pure black color, creating a striking contrast against the light font and silver rims of the analog meters.

The rear doors are designed with wide openings and ample space for the feet and knees to pass through. This makes it easier for passengers to get in and out of the rear of the cab. Assist grips at the top are also useful for those who need support for the body.

As safe as a car
Even though this is a pick-up truck, safety is just as important as the occupants are the same as those who travel in a passenger car. Mazda therefore provides safety technologies which 7 SRS airbags and depending on the variant) active driver-assistance systems such as ABS + EBD with Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control. Hill Launch Assist (HLA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) are also available, while a Rear Differential Lock is standard.

Certain versions of the new BT-50 also come with advanced systems such as Automatic High Beam, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Collision Warning, Auto Emergency Braking, and Adaptive Cruise Control. So it is comparable to a modern car which should be the case since most pick-up trucks are now being driven on highways more than off-road.

Preview in first week of December
The new BT-50 has a selling price starting from RM124,179.20 and purchasers get a manufacturer’s warranty of 5 years or 100,000 kms, whichever occurs first after original registration. Authorized Mazda dealers nationwide are now accepting bookings. For more information on the new BT-50 or other Mazda models, or to locate an authorized showroom, visit www.mazda.com.my.

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