Mazda has launched the new Mazda BT50 2012 range in Australia, which brings new sheetmetal, a car-like interior and two new diesel powertrains. Revealed locally at the 2011 Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS), the new Mazda BT50 2012 range is scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2012 and, like its oval-badged cousin, will be available in single- and double-cab, as well as, supercab (featuring easy-access clamshell rear doors) configuration.
The all new Mazda BT50 2012 ute will continue to be offered as a diesel-only model. Where these family rivals are destined to differ greatly however is in the styling department. Ever since the first leaked images of the Mazda BT50 2012 hit the net, it has been clear that this Japanese firm wants its contender to stand out from the crowd.
Mazda’s designers looked to passenger cars for inspiration for the Mazda BT50 2012 cabin, equipped it with higher-quality plastics, more comfort-oriented seats and a high centre console that integrates smoothly with the dashboard. The Mazda BT 50 2012 will come with a variety of accessories locally designed for the Outback rugged terrain.
The accessories for the Mazda BT50 2012 pickup will include two bull bar options in both polished aluminum and powder coated black steel, a sports bar, a nudge bar, side steps, and among other accessories. Mazda stated that all support parts for the Mazda BT50 2012 pickup have undergone multiple crash test scenarios are “fully airbag compliant”. The accessories for the Mazda BT50 2012 pickup truck was designed by Ryo Yanagisawa Chief Designer and input from a group of dealers in the country.
Three body styles are offered in the Mazda BT50 2012 – single cab-chassis, ‘freestyle cab’ and dual cab – and there are now three model grades: XT, XTR and GT. The two diesel units will be shared with the Mazda BT50 2012 sister car, the all-new Ford Ranger, although the 2.5-litre four-cylinder Duratec petrol engine destined for the Ford will not feature under the bonnet of the Mazda BT-50 Pick Up.
However, performance data of both vehicles will be the same. The MZ-CD 3.2 (as Mazda calls it) is a 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel unit with 147kW of power and 470Nm of torque and like the Ranger, the Mazda BT50 2012 towing capacity will be 3350kg. The current 3.0-litre diesel in the outgoing BT-50 produces 115kW and 380Nm of torque – 32kW and 90Nm fewer than the new Mazda BT50 2012.
The Mazda BT50 2012 engine will be available with both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions, and Mazda says both promise significant improvements in NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) levels. Fuel consumption and emissions data is still to be released, although Mazda says both Mazda BT50 2012 engines will offer enhanced efficiency.
Mazda BT50 2012 Competitors
The Mazda BT50 2012 exterior styling echoes Mazda’s passenger car range, and ditches the more typical ‘work-truck‘ butch styling in favors of sleeker lines, the intent is to avoid the “boxiness” of its key competitors. The competition in the light commercial segment has never been so intense, the brand new Volkswagen Amarok started the overhaul of the market in February, the Ford Ranger is due early in the second half of this year, while the Mazda BT50 2012 will hit local showrooms before the end of the year, and the all-new Holden Colorado will go on sale early in 2012. The Mazda BT50 2012 price will be started at $32,590 – $52,710
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