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