Some­thing for all in new Mazda

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Derek Og­den

With a list of vari­ants as long as the Fed­eral Se­nate poll pa­per, petrol and diesel pow­ered, two or four­wheel-drive, the Mazda BT-50 comes in sin­gle cab, freestyle cab and dual cab for­mat in three grades — XT, XTR and GT.

Mazda BT-50 comes with the choice of two diesel en­gines, in­clud­ing the MZ-CD 2.2-litre 4-cylin­der mo­tor and an MZ-CD 3.2-litre five-cylin­der unit, both with ei­ther a six-speed man­ual or six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Prices start at $25,570, plus on­road costs, for the 2.2-litre Sin­gle Cab/Chas­sis XT 4x2 man­ual and round out to $53,790 for the 3.2-litre Dual Cab Util­ity GT 4X4.

The test ve­hi­cle, the 3.2-litre Dual Cab Util­ity XTR 4X4 au­to­matic, slots in at $51,700

Mazda has come up with a chal­leng­ing shape for the re­vised BT-50. Key to this are a pow­er­ful front end that in­her­its el­e­ments of the Mazda fam­ily face and a rear that dif­fer­en­ti­ates the BT-50 from other less ad­ven­tur­ously shaped utes. The up­dated BT-50 rolls on newly de­signed wheels — XTR and GT on 17-inch wheels with a twotone gun­metal and ma­chined al­loy fin­ish.

Dual-zone cli­mate con­trol air­con­di­tion­ing keeps oc­cu­pants comfy. Noise, vi­bra­tion and harsh­ness have also been ad­dressed to achieve the quiet and com­fort­able driv­ing found in pas­sen­ger cars.

Mazda BT-50 XTR and GT mod­els have been given a new cen­tre con­sole lay­out which in­cludes a 7.8-inch high-def­i­ni­tion screen and satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion.

An ad­vanced au­dio sys­tem sports six speak­ers, while all mod­els fea­ture func­tions typ­i­cally seen in pas­sen­ger cars. For ex­am­ple, USB con­nec­tiv­ity for por­ta­ble au­dio play­ers, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity for mo­bile tele­phones, and voice con­trol. The six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion of the test ve­hi­cle in­cor­po­rated Se­quen­tial Shift Con­trol, which of­fers Nor­mal and Per­for­mance modes plus a Man­ual mode that al­lows se­quen­tial man­ual shift­ing.

An elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled, shift-on-the-fly trans­fer case en­ables the driver to shift be­tween 2WD and 4WD at will via a switch on the cen­tre con­sole. Low-range gear­ing is also avail­able.

A raft of safety tech­nol­ogy in­cludes ABS anti-skid brak­ing, dy­namic sta­bil­ity con­trol, elec­tronic brake-force dis­tri­bu­tion, emer­gency brake as­sist, brake over-ride, hill launch as­sist, hill de­scent con­trol, trac­tion con­trol, roll sta­bil­ity con­trol, load adap­tive con­trol, trailer sway con­trol and emer­gency stop sig­nal.

The BT-50 has driver and pas­sen­ger front airbags, side airbags, and cur­tain airbags.

The five-cylin­der in-line 3.2-litre turbo-diesel en­gine is a no-non­sense unit. Ex­pect to av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion of nine to 11 litres per 100km around the sub­urbs

A torque curve with a peak plateau of 470 Nm from 1750 to 2500 rpm pro­vides smooth en­gine re­sponse dur­ing take-off and pre­vents un­com­fort­able down­shifts on sharp ac­cel­er­a­tion, or when tack­ling in­clines. As a work­horse, the BT-50 is up there with the best, with a class-top­ping braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity of 3500kg, an un­braked ca­pac­ity of 750kg and a tow ball down­load of 350kg.

With a long line-up of mod­els, the BT-50 has some­thing for ev­ery­one, and al­most every set of con­di­tions.

BT-50’s pow­er­ful front end.

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