Facelifted Mazda BT-50 Revealed With Subtle Updates

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The Mazda BT-50 has recently undergone a subtle yet significant facelift in Thailand, with a focus primarily on exterior design enhancements while maintaining its existing turbodiesel powertrains. However, the timing of its release in other markets, including Australia, remains uncertain. Notably, Mazda's midsize pickup hasn't adopted the technological updates introduced by its mechanically-related counterpart, the Isuzu D-Max, which underwent a facelift several months ago. The rollout of the updated truck to global markets like Australia is yet to be determined. It's noteworthy that due to sluggish sales, the BT-50 was recently discontinued from the Mazda lineup in New Zealand and South Africa.

Mazda BT-50

Despite being on sale since 2020, the design of the Mazda BT-50 has seen minimal changes. The most notable update for the 2024 model year is the adoption of the black grille from the flagship SP across all trims, replacing the previous chrome finish. Additionally, slight tweaks have been made to the front bumper, now featuring a more robust skid plate on higher-spec variants.

Moreover, a new "Black Thunder" accessory set is now available for high-spec trims, which includes a rugged skid plate at the front, a sports bar, and fender extensions, all finished in gloss black. This aesthetic treatment extends to the door handles, mirror caps, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Mazda BT-50 interior

In terms of body styles, the Mazda BT-50 offers two options: the Freestyle Cab, with two doors and an extended rear bed, or the Double Cab, featuring four doors and a spacious five-seater cabin.

Inside the cabin, the Mazda BT-50 retains its 9-inch infotainment touchscreen, now offering wireless connectivity for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. However, unlike the Isuzu D-Max, which received a new 7-inch digital instrument cluster, the BT-50 maintains its traditional dials with the smaller 4.2-inch screen between them.

The powertrain lineup remains unchanged for the Mazda BT-50. Entry-level models are equipped with a 1.9-liter turbodiesel engine producing 148 hp and 350 Nm of torque, while higher-end versions feature the more potent 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine, delivering 187 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to either the rear (2WD) or all four wheels (4WD) via a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission, depending on the version.

Mazda BT-50 pickup

There's no confirmation from Mazda whether the BT-50 will incorporate the "rough terrain mode" featured in the Isuzu D-Max. While the D-Max is set to become available in fully electric form starting in 2025, it seems unlikely that Mazda will adopt a zero-emission powertrain for its own truck.

Higher-spec models of the 2024 Mazda BT-50 feature brown and black leather upholstery, an 8-speaker audio system, and an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) suite, including adaptive cruise control with stop & go functionality.

2024 Mazda BT-50

The 2024 Mazda BT-50 is currently available in Thailand, with prices starting at $20,515 for the Freestyle Cab and $25,158 for the Double Cab. In comparison, the 2024 Isuzu D-Max sibling is priced between $14,688 to $34,190.

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