Ute picks up stylish change

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

THE work­ing-class Mazda BT ute is head­ing for a makeover that in­cludes a new body.

The BT-50 is the Mazda ver­sion of the shared T6 devel­op­ment pro­gram at Ford Aus­tralia that cre­ated the global work­horse.

Both brands will re­veal their con­tenders at the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show in Syd­ney next month.

Ford is keep­ing its T6 se­cret but Mazda has re­leased an artist’s im­pres­sion of its BT-50.

The draw­ing shows a more mod­ern ve­hi­cle, with a wedgy nose and a side pro­file that is sim­i­lar to the Mit­subishi Tri­ton.

Mazda in Ja­pan de­scribes the ute as ‘‘an ac­tive life­style ve­hi­cle that over­turns the con­ven­tional im­age of a com­pact pick-up truck with mod­ern and re­fined styling’’.

It also says it’s not just for work­ers, but also for fam­i­lies and ‘‘plea­sure seekers’’ with an ac­tive life­style.

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