Since its introduction in 2006 the Mazda BT-50 has become one of Australia’s most popular light commercial vehicles.
Mazda realises that every utility buyer has different needs. For some, a larger tray with an increased carrying capacity is what’s important while for others the ability to carry additional passengers is more important. Whichever camp you fall into, one of the three Mazda BT-50 body styles of Single Cab, Freestyle Cab and Dual Cab will offer a solution.
With the introduction of the All-New BT-50 later this year, Mazda is set to shake up the utility segment. Not only does the All-New Mazda BT-50 provide a look that will set it apart from other utilities but levels of performance never before seen will ensure it gets noticed.
Powertrain details confirm that the All-New BT-50 will be one of the most powerful utilities ever to hit Australian showrooms.
Two new advanced diesel engines, both offering significant increases in power and torque with improved fuel efficiency, will ensure the All-New Mazda BT-50 has the grunt to handle even the toughest tasks.
The headline act for the All-New BT-50 range is the new MZ-CD 3.2 litre diesel engine, in-line 5-cylinder configuration, delivering a massive 470Nm of torque and 147kW of power. This represents a 24 per cent increase in torque while power is up by 28 per cent over the current BT-50’s 3.0 litre diesel engine.
The adoption of a new high-pressure fuel system combined with advanced turbocharging ensures the 3.2 litre diesel engine delivers a more refined and responsive drive.
These refinements also help to ensure that the new MZ-CD 3.2 litre diesel will be more fuel efficient than the 3.0 litre diesel engine it replaces.
The new 3.2 litre engine will be mated to a choice of new six-speed transmissions, in either manual or automatic guise. Both new transmissions have been developed to exhibit low levels of noise, vibration and harshness making for a smoother and quieter ride.
Also joining the All-New BT-50 line-up is a new MZ-CD 2.2 litre diesel engine which has been designed to further improve efficiency while delivering an impressive 375 Nm of torque and 110 kW of power. When compared with the current BT-50’s 2.5 litre diesel engine, this represents a 14 per cent increase in torque and a 5 per cent increase in power. Fuel economy is also improved.
Both new powertrains have been developed to ensure the All-New BT-50 delivers towing capacities never before seen on this type of vehicle. The 3.2 litre engine with either manual or automatic transmission will be capable of towing up to a huge 3,350kg, delivering a 350kg increase over the current model.
The 2.2 litre engine offers a highly competitive 2,500kg maximum towing capacity, an increase of 250kg over the current 2.5 litre model.