New Mazda BT-50 2021 lands in October: Isuzu D-Max twin only months away, but will it make a dent in Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger?
Mazda Australia has confirmed an October on-sale date for its all-new BT-50, which is a month after its mechanically related Isuzu D-Max twin hits local showrooms.
Though the BT-50 was revealed back in June, Mazda has remained quiet on exact pricing and specification details, as well as which body styles will be available from launch.
Only the dual-cab version of the BT-50 will reportedly launch in October though, with the remainder of the body styles likely to follow early next year.
Standard equipment in the BT-50 will include a full suite of advanced safety systems such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Isuzu’s D-Max meanwhile, also comes with adaptive cruise control (for automatic vehicles), driver attention alert and traffic sign recognition as standard across the entire line-up.
The BT-50 also boasts a telescoping steering column and “large touchscreen” multimedia system with wireless Apple CarPlay/wired Android Auto connectivity – both features available on the D-Max sister car, the latter with a 7.0-inch screen as standard or a 9.0-inch unit in higher trims.
Like the D-Max, the BT-50 will be powered by a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, outputting 140kW/450Nm, which is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is also expected to be offered.
The BT-50 will start rolling out to dealers in early October, it is understood, while pricing and spec will likely be revealed prior to that date.
For reference, the D-Max kicks off at $32,990 before on-road costs for the base 4×2 Single Cab Chassis manual, while the top-tier 4×4 dual-cab X-Terrain automatic is $62,900.
However, given the march upmarket of the pick-up segment, as well as the added standard inclusion of more safety features and tech, expect to see a price rise from the outgoing BT-50’s $29,060 starting price.
Article Source: Cars Guide MagazineAugust 17, 2020 9:03 am