This is the all-new BT-50. It has just been revealed in the Australian market, and it’s immediately right up there with the top dogs of the pickup segment in terms of styling. Frankly, Mazda has done an incredible job incorporating its Kodo design language into this thing, giving it both a sense of elegance and ruggedness.
The front end features the familiar Kodo look, with a grille and headlight combination that seamlessly fits in with the rest of the Japanese carmaker’s lineup. Simple but bold lines adorn the truck’s profile, with large, attractive taillights rounding out the exterior body design. It’s about as clean an aesthetic you could ask for from a pickup, and it’s pretty reminiscent of the CX-9’s styling.
The interior is even more impressive—arguably the plushest you’ll find in a modern-day truck. Initial images show off a dark, minimalistic appearance with a cabin covered in soft-touch materials and polished metal trim. There’s the familiar Mazda steering wheel, as well as a large central touchscreen with at least Apple CarPlay compatibility.
The all-new Mazda BT-50 is powered by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine capable of 188hp and a healthy 450Nm of torque, and boasts a 1,000kg maximum payload and a 3,500kg towing capacity. No pricing details have been confirmed.
So, it looks like the wait has been worth it. Would you consider this over the likes of the Toyota Hilux, the Nissan Navara, and the Ford Ranger if ever it’s made available in the Philippine market? Let us know in the comments.