BACK IN THE MIND OF BUY­ERS

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DE­SPITE the learn­ings and ef­fort that went into the BT-50’S new front bumper, Mazda Aus­tralia says sim­i­lar changes are un­likely for fu­ture Maz­das.

“This was a unique set of cir­cum­stances and we can’t see that every hap­pen­ing again,” said Doak, ref­er­enc­ing the shorter model cy­cles of pas­sen­ger cars and SUVS.

The BT-50 is rel­a­tively old – hav­ing first ar­rived in 2011 – and in line with other com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles has a longer shelf life than all other Maz­das. It also didn’t ben­e­fit from the same level of de­sign tweaks to its sim­i­lar-un­der-the-skin Ford Ranger. Mazda was fac­ing the prospect of sell­ing an age­ing car in a mar­ket seg­ment that’s more ac­tive and dy­namic than ever.

Of course, be­neath the mi­nor cos­metic up­date there’s not a whole lot dif­fer­ent to be­fore; same 3.2-litre five-cylin­der turbo-diesel, same ba­sic sus­pen­sion ar­chi­tec­ture and same body pan­els.

To many, though, a re­vised look is all it takes to pop the car back on the con­sid­er­a­tion list.

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