Mazda has just teased the next-generation BT-50, and this time around, the nameplate has been built in partnership with fellow Japanese carmaker Isuzu, not Ford. It’s set to be revealed on June 17, 2020, and this dark shadow-covered silhouette is your first look at the truck.
Not much else has been revealed by the carmaker, but expect the new BT-50 to share a good amount of its guts with the all-new Isuzu D-Max. In Thailand, the vehicle comes with either a 1.9-liter RZ4E turbodiesel engine capable of 150hp and 350Nm of torque, or a 3.0-liter Blue Power capable of 190hp and 450Nm. No word on what engine the BT-50 get, though.
The last time the Mazda BT-50 underwent a change locally was in 2017, when Mazda Philippines refreshed the current-generation offering. It’s still available on the market, starting at P1,350,000 for the 4x2 manual variant with a 2.2-liter turbodiesel, and topping at P1,550,000 for the 4x4 automatic with a 3.2-liter turbodiesel.
News of the manufacturers working together to build a pickup came out as early as 2016, after the two brands inked a deal that would see Isuzu building trucks with Mazda responsible for marketing them. Do you have high expectations for this collaboration?