Mazda has launched its new BT-50 bakkie in South Africa, at a starting price of R611,900.
The new BT-50 has undergone a complete interior and exterior overhaul, with design elements from the brand’s popular SUVs making their way onto this bakkie.
This BT-50 is also slightly smaller than the outgoing model, and features less-powerful engines for both the entry-level and top-end specifications.
The new Mazda BT-50 offers a much-improved cabin compared to the previous generation, with the cabin’s design and features finding inspiration from Mazda SUVs.
In the entry-level Active trim, standard equipment comprises:
- Six speakers
- Keyless entry
- Reverse camera
- Rear parking sensors
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Automatic cruise control
- LED headlights with DRL
- All-round electric windows
- 7-inch infotainment system
- Multifunction steering wheel
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Six-way power-adjustable driver seat
- Manual air conditioning with rear-seat vents
The more expensive Dynamic trim will see rain-sensing wipers, an upgraded infotainment system, eight speakers, climate control, leather design elements, 18-inch alloy wheels, front parking sensors, and a more powerful engine fitted.
The range-topping Individual specification then gets four-wheel drive and an exclusive front axle to set it apart.
In addition to a 5-star Australasian NCAP safety rating, the BT-50 range boasts a high level of standard safety and assistance programmes.
This includes ABS, automatic door locking, traction control, trailer sway mitigation, roll-over mitigation, hill descent control, a tailgate lock, and seven airbags.
The Mazda BT-50 Active is driven by a 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine generating 110kW and 350Nm.
This engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, with power sent to the rear wheels via a locking rear differential.
This achieves a combined fuel consumption of 6.6l/100km and a maximum braked towing capacity of 2,100kg.
The pricier Dynamic and Individual trims are powered by a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine that delivers 140kW and 450Nm – paired with a six-speed automatic transmission only.
Combined fuel consumption for this set-up comes in at 8.0l/100km, alongside a maximum braked towing capacity of 3,500kg.
The South African model line-up for the new Mazda BT-50 is as follows:
- Mazda BT-50 1.9TD Active 6MT 4×2 – R611,900
- Mazda BT-50 1.9TD Active 6AT 4×2 – R647,900
- Mazda BT-50 3.0TD Dynamic 6AT 4×2 – R759,400
- Mazda BT-50 3.0TD Individual 6AT 4×4 – R794,400
Each purchase includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty, service plan, and roadside assistance.