Specs, variants, prices: Everything you need to know about the 2022 Mazda BT-50

Does the next-gen pickup have what it takes to compete in the local truck wars?
by Leandre Grecia | Nov 17, 2021
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Mazda Philippines is ending the year with a bang. Less than a month after the launch of the mild-hybrid 3 and CX-30, the company has now unveiled the all-new Mazda BT-50.

The BT-50 enters a segment loaded with relatively new models like the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, and Isuzu D-Max. It comes with all-new styling, an entirely new engine, and a wide arsenal of new tech. Frankly, it looks ready to compete in the local truck wars.

Anyway, we know a lot of you have been waiting around for this one, so here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Mazda BT-50.

Variants and prices

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Three variants of the all-new BT-50 will be available. The range will start at P1.39 million for the base manual variant and top out at P1.79 million for the top-spec automatic version with a 4x4 drivetrain. You can first check out the price list below:

2022 Mazda BT-50

  1. Mazda BT-50 3.0L 4x2 6MT – P1,390,000
  2. Mazda BT-50 3.0L 4x2 6AT – P1,430,000
  3. Mazda BT-50 3.0L 4x4 6AT – P1,790,000

Exterior

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The all-new BT-50 finally looks like a modern Mazda—it has that touch of elegance you expect from the brand despite it sharing a lot of parts with the Isuzu D-Max.

It has a gaping grille outlined by chrome trim and flanked by aggressive-looking headlamps, and it now looks similar to its CX siblings. The front fascia looks clean and classy.

In the units pictured here, it gets some plastic cladding underneath as well as on the wheel arches, but these are optional accessories that come free for the first 200 buyers of the top-spec variant.  Speaking of top-of-the-line trim, that one gets 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels while others get 17-inch silver alloys.

Moving onto the back, you get a simple-looking tailgate. While the BT-50 doesn’t have a distinct light signature like its stablemates do, it at least avoids looking like a D-Max from behind.

Interior

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If you’re familiar with what the D-Max’s cabin looks like, then chances are you’ll recognize the BT-50’s interior right away. It all looks similar, from one end of the dash to the other.

It has a large infotainment system front and center—which we’ll talk about later— and all the buttons for the A/C controls underneath. Soft leather wraps the tiller, while the gearshift lever gets a mix of leather and gray and gloss-black plastic. Brown leather adorns the seats and the dash in the top-spec variant, while it gets black fabrics in lower trim levels.

Engine and specs

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Under the hood is where the Mazda-Isuzu partnership all comes together. The BT-50 is powered by a 3.0-liter 4JJ3 turbodiesel that generates 187hp and 450Nm of torque. That’s the exact same powertrain found in the all-new D-Max.

The lone engine option can be mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic tranny. The former can spec’d with a 4x2 drivetrain, while the latter can be had as a 4x2 or a 4x4.

Extra features

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The previous-gen BT-50 really felt lackluster in this department. In this all-new model, it’s the exact opposite.

The truck gets either a seven- or nine-inch infotainment system, all of which come with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity. The smaller display gets six speakers while the bigger one gets eight.

Standard in the new pickup are features such as cruise control, a smart keyless entry system, a parking camera with parking sensors, hill-start assist and hill-descent control, and cruise control.

The top-dog BT-50 gets dual-zone automatic climate controls, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, adaptive cruise control, a rear-differential lock, and a remote engine start function added to the package. Also exclusive to this variant are a few active safety features, namely: lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, and auto high beam.

What do you guys think of the new Mazda BT-50? If you want to read more about it, you can check out our Launch Pad feature here.

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