Bolder BT-50 – but has Mazda done enough?

Riley Riley

Mazda has released its “bold” new BT-50 utility, but has it done enough?

As part of the Aussie only update the main change has been a rework of the smiley-faced radiator grille.

It’s been replaced by a more conservative, chrome look grille that Mazda hopes will give sales a lift.

The BT-50 is based on the Ford Ranger utility with which it shares a chassis and powertrains, but it has not been as well received as the wildly successful Ranger.

With major front-end design changes and added equipment across grades, this is the second and most comprehensive update to the Mazda BT-50 since its launch in 2011.

The front-end changes are bolstered by equipment upgrades across the range, which includes the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across all grades.

The flagship GT adds a chrome Sports Bar with integrated high-mounted LED stop light, heavy-duty tub liner, tailgate central locking and a single 12 volt auxiliary socket and light to aid visibility in the tub.

The XT sees the biggest changes with the addition of a Reverse Camera and 7-inch Alpine Infotainment system.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the Australian-only BT-50 is an important step in the vehicle’s evolution.

“The BT-50 has already won fans in Australia, offering safety, comfort, performance and answering customer’s practical needs with great towing power and payload,” said Mr Bhindi.

“We know Australian customers want all this and a tough looking exterior, so we heeded demand and worked with local engineers to refresh the front-end and toughen up the BT-50.”

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