2021 Mazda BT-50 lands Down Under in dual cab form priced from $44k

The entry point to the new BT-50 range charges a $3390 premium compared with the equivalent Isuzu D-Max with which it shares its underpinnings.

Mazda has confirmed the full pricing and specifications for its 2021 BT-50 launch range, ahead of the all-new ute going on sale in Australia at the start of October.

Set to arrive first in Dual Cab form with both Cab Chassis and Pickup tray options before Single Cab and ‘Freestyle’ (Space Cab) variants arrive in early 2021, the new model will be offered in three trim levels with both auto-only 4×2 and manual or auto 4×4 drivetrain options.

As we’ve previously reported, the new BT-50 shares its platform, drivetrains, and interior design with the latest Isuzu D-Max, with the application of Mazda’s Kodo design language to the exterior being the real point of differentiation with this new model.

Priced from $44,090 for the base XT Dual Cab Chassis 4×2 auto, this entry point marks a $3390 increase compared to its equivalent in the D-Max range, while the $59,990 RRP of the range topping GT 4×4 auto undercuts the D-Max X-Terrain by $2910, ignoring the latter’s drive-away price deal.

All three BT-50 variants are powered by the same ‘4JJ3-TCX’ 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that features in the D-Max which produces 140kW and 450Nm – healthy numbers, but down on the new 500Nm class average on paper.

On all models, both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, an Aisin six-speed torque converter automatic transmission is available, while four-wheel drive models are also available with a more affordable Isuzu-made six-speed manual gearbox and feature an electromechanical rear differential lock as standard.

We’ve previously written at length about the new platform which underpins the D-Max and BT-50 twins, which goes unchanged between the two models, which you can read about here in our 2021 D-Max pricing and specifications article. To get a general impression of what the new BT-50 will be like, you can also read our launch review of the 2021 D-Max here.

With the BT-50 launch range clearly positioning it as being aimed more at private buyers than tradies and fleets as the lower levels of the broad D-Max range are, even the base XT model offers carpeted floors (D-Max SX and LS-M feature vinyl flooring) and manual-levelling LED headlights (D-Max SX only features halogen reflector beam headlights).

Also standard on the XT model are 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7.0-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto compatibility and digital radio, manual air conditioning, a reverse camera, cloth upholstery, a rear seat USB charge point, and a reverse camera.

The complete ADAS active safety technology suite is also fitted as standard across the entire BT-50 range, which includes features such as autonomous emergency braking, turn assist with AEB, emergency lane keeping, blind spot monitoring, and automatic high beam on all models, along with adaptive cruise control and a Level 2 semi-autonomous lane keep assist system on automatic variants.

Stepping up to the mid-range XTR model brings with it additional comfort, convenience, and cosmetic items including 18-inch alloy wheels, power folding mirrors, self-levelling LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and front fog lights, side steps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a larger 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen that features integrated satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, a centre armrest and air vents for the rear seat, advanced keyless entry, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror – something that is an odd omission across the entire D-Max range.

Finally, the 4×4-only GT model which tops the range puts an emphasis on the sort of luxury-focused interior appointments and sophisticated styling that the wider Mazda range boasts, meaning it adds heated wing mirrors with chrome caps, brown leather upholstery, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats (another omission from the D-Max range), front parking sensors, and remote engine start for the automatic model.

All BT-50 variants offer a payload of at least 1055kg – something important to note, as Mazda has long prided its BT-50 on offering a payload well in excess of a tonne – with the XT Dual Cab Chassis 4×4 manual offering the highest at 1106kg. All variants can also tow up to 3500kg braked and 750kg unbraked.

XT models feature 235mm of ground clearance while XTR and GT models step that up slightly to 240mm. The BT-50’s approach angle ranges between 29.4-30.4 degrees, departure angle between 23.9-25.3 degrees, and rampover between 23.3-23.9 degrees. As with the D-Max, all models also offer 800mm of wading depth.

Over 100 Australian-developed Mazda Genuine Accessories are set to be offered for the new model as well, all of which are compatible with the car’s ADAS safety tech, with the most notable perhaps being what’s dubbed ‘The Queensland Bar’ – a bullbar designed for heavy duty applications in places such as the far-north which works in with the BT-50’s big grille, which is something many were sceptical would not be doable.

Sports bars, tonneau covers, and an optional black 18-inch alloy wheel design also form part of the rest of the accessory range.

Speaking of the BT-50 ahead of its Australian launch, Mazda Australia Managing Director Vinesh Bhindi was keen to point out, “Our dealers are stocked with brand-new Mazda BT-50 Dual Cabs and we are very excited to showcase this new ute to the local market.”

The all-new BT-50 Dual Cab goes on sale in Australia on October 1, 2020.

2021 Mazda BT-50 Australian pricing

Please note, all prices are in Australian dollars (AUD) and exclude on-road costs.

This article originally appeared on drivesection.com on September 22, 2020.

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