Mazda trims and tucks the BT-50 bakkie

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

MAZDA has given the BT-50 a facelift, aim­ing the FordRanger badge-en­gi­neered bakkie to “recre­ational buy­ers who en­joy both the out­door and ur­ban lifestyle”.

New on the out­side are re­designed side steps, rear com­bi­na­tion lamps and 17-inch alu­minum wheels.

The cabin now sees the Blue­tooth au­dio sys­tem, mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing wheel and cruise con­trol from the SLX model while the SLE model has a rear-view cam­era, an auto dim­ming mir­ror and elec­tri­cal driver seat ad­just­ment.

Two new de­riv­a­tives are added to the line, a 2.2L 4x2 6MT SLX and a 2.2L 4x2 6AT SLE.

Max­i­mum power from the 2,2 en­gine is 110 kW at 3 700 rpm and 375 Nm be­tween 1 500 and 2 500 rpm, just a lit­tle un­der that of the Ford Ranger. Fuel con­sump­tion listed at 7,6/100 km.

The 3,2 en­gine makes 147kW at 3 000 rpm and 470 Nm be­tween 1 750 and 2 500 rpm, the same as the Ranger. Fuel con­sump­tion for the man­ual is listed at 9,3l/100 km while the au­to­matic trans­mis­sion gets a claimed 9,7l/100 km.

All the BT-50 bakkies are im­ported from Thai­land and deal­ers of­fer seven ex­te­rior colour op­tions. The BT-50 bakkie also gets Mazda Care, the same as all Mazda pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles,. with a three-year un­lim­ited kilo­me­tre fac­tory war­ranty, a three-year ser­vice plan and three years’ roadside as­sis­tance.

A Cus­tomer Ser­vice Guar­an­tee on pre-ar­ranged re­pairs is also in­cluded.

Pric­ing for the model lineup starts at R441 600 for the BT-50 2.2L DE SLX 6MT 4X2 and tops out at R555,700 for the BT-50L 3.2L DE SLE 6-speed auto. 4X4, which comes with all the trim­mings plus load adap­tive con­trol, trailer Sway Mit­i­ga­tion, roll over mit­i­ga­tion, hill launch as­sist and hill de­scent con­trol.

— Wit­ness Re­porter.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Mazda has given the BT-50 bakkie a facelift, with most of the changes in the cabin.

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