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What the new Mazda BT-50 will compete against at launch

The new Mazda BT-50 was recently unveiled for South Africa, and officially launches in July.

The exterior design has been heavily updated, thanks to inspiration taken from the company’s SUV range.

It now features a horizontally-slatted grille with chrome wings, while sharper LED headlights as well as stylish new alloy wheels are fitted.

When the BT-50 goes on sale locally, we will get a choice between three trim lines – Active, Dynamic, and Individual.

Standard equipment on the base Active specification includes:

  • Cruise control
  • Reverse camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 7-inch MZF infotainment display

The more expensive Dynamic and Individual trims then receive a 9-inch central screen.

Every model also offers hill launch assist, hill descent control, trailer sway mitigation, and seven airbags – while the range boasts a 5-star Australasian NCAP safety rating.


Under the hood, the entry-level model gets a 1.9-litre, diesel engine paired with the buyer’s choice of either a manual or automatic transmission.

This specification produces 121kW and 213Nm, and drives the rear wheels only.

Both higher-end models are fitted with a 3.0-litre, turbo-diesel motor that puts out 140kW and 450Nm – paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The range-topping Individual is then the only model that drives all four wheels.


The South African starting price for the new Mazda BT-50 range will be announced at its launch, and the only company stated that every purchase includes a 3-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, service plan, and roadside assistance.

However, if we look at the Australian starting price for the new BT-50 – A$49,000 for the 3.0-litre variant – we can get a rough idea of what it will compete against.

The market

The South African bakkie segment is a tough market to enter for any new vehicle.

Not only will the new BT-50 have to compete against local favourites like the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger, it will also go up against the range-topping GWM P-Series and Mitsubishi Triton.

Listed below are the BT-50’s biggest competitors in South Africa.

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Nissan Navara 2.5DDTi SE Plus Auto

GWM P-Series 2.0TD LT 4×4

  • Price R554,900
  • Power – 120kW/400Nm
  • Safety – No official rating
  • Warranty – 5-year/100,000km warranty and 3-year/40,000km service plan.

Isuzu D-Max 300 3.0TD X-Rider

  • Price R590,300
  • Power – 130kW/380Nm
  • Safety 4-star Euro NCAP
  • Warranty – 5-year/120,000km warranty, 5-year/90,000km service plan, and 5-year/120,000km roadside assistance.

Ford Ranger 2.0SiT Hi-Rider XLT

  • Price R604,200
  • Power – 132kW/420Nm
  • Safety 5-star Australasian NCAP
  • Warranty – 4-year/120,000km warranty, 6-year/90,000km service plan, and 3-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.

Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 Raider Auto

Mitsubishi Triton 2.4DI-D 4×4 Xtreme

  • Price R699,995
  • Power – 133kW/430Nm
  • Safety 5-star Australasian NCAP
  • Warranty – 3-year/100,000km warranty, 5-year/90,000km service plan, and 5-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.

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