Mazda’s goal when they first introduced the BT-50 was to supply with South Africa with a lifestyle vehicle, which would appeal to business users but also a wider range of customers, those such as families and adventurers.
This is where the Bakkie market has changed over recent years, they are not only designed with the primary function of a workhorse vehicle. Bakkies today are more stylish, with more features and technology to appeal to a wider audience, the surfers, climbers, hikers of this world Or the camping family who ventures off to various places of our beautiful country.
In light of this, Mazda has released the updated BT-50, and it’s aimed at the recreational type of buyer.
As with most updated vehicles, the updated BT-50 has a sportier look and feel, the major changes to the Mazda include the front end, side steps, rear lights and 17” Aluminium wheels.
Personally, I’m not yet a big fan of the rear end, and we all know how important that this. My biggest grind is with the rear lights, I do not like the design and style, but maybe it will grow on me.
Technology is the biggest change here with the BT-50, on the base SLX Model options such as Bluetooth, steering wheel controls and cruise control has been added. The SLE Models have even greater technology enhancements with options such as a rear-view camera, auto dimming mirror, electric seat adjustment, dual zone aircon, auto headlights, rain sensing wipers and parking sensors added to the standard list. The top of the range SLE models adds features such as Load Adaptive Control, Hill Launch, Decent Control, Trailer Sway and Rollover Mitigation.
The 2.2l Mazda engines in this range produce 110KW (147BHP) and 375Nm of Torque. If this is not enough, you can opt for the 3.2L engine with provides 147kw (196BHP) and 470Nm of torque.
All models come with 3-year unlimited KM warranty, 3 – year service plan and 3-year roadside assistance.
BT-50 DBL 2.2L 6MT 4X2 HR SLX 441,600
BT-50 DBL 2.2L 6MT 4X2 HR SLE 477,700
BT-50 DBL 2.2L 6AT 4X2 HR SLE 497,700
BT-50 DBL 3.2L 6MT 4X4 HR SLE 541,700
BT-50 DBL 3.2L 6AT 4X4 HR SLE 555,700
For a full spec list, visit here: http://www.mazda.co.za/cars/mazda-bt50-facelift/