materials more geared for the work site. For luxury and technology, the BT-50 Pro is available.
Where the BT-50 earns it bread and connects to the rest of the Mazda brand are under its bonnet and beneath its wheels. Motivating the pickup to classleading performance is the MZ-CD 3.2 in-line five-cyclinder common-rail, direct-injection turbocharged diesel engine. These specifications run contrary to a market filled either with four or six cylinder motors, but nothing new for the company that perfected the modern rotary power plant. Mazda says their choice offers up the performance of larger displacement while retaining a compact footprint along with top-level power and excellent fuel efficiency.
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BT-50 packs a punch. Horsepower is 197 at 3,000rpm, but the real magic is the torque figure. Step into the throttle and the pickup lights up the rear tyres as the sixspeed automatic transmission quickly shifts to access 346lb/ ft available from as low as 1,750rpm. That number goes to 2,500rpm. In two-wheel drive mode, the traction control will usually kick in. However, there are few worries when the electronic on-the-fly four-wheel drive mode is engaged. A rear locking differential makes the pickup even more viable off-road.
For those that do use their pickups on-road, Mazda has but their delicate touch on the suspension to make the BT-50 handle well. The vehicle is never unsettled by rough conditions, retaining a good level of passenger comfort at a wide range of speeds. Equipped with the five cylinder, there are few rivals that can match the ease at which the BT-50 can operate.
The BT-50 is ready for any work thrown at it.