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It’s been replaced by a more conservative, chrome look grille that Mazda hopes will give sales a lift.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