Design

It has a new look and feel when comparing it with the previous generation. Mazda has applied its current design language to the bakkie, bringing it in line with other current offerings like the Mazda 3 and the CX-5. The brand has been about the Kodo design philosophy for some time and things aren’t any different here. Where competing brands are going for a bold and masculine look, Mazda is sticking to smooth, flowing lines and taking a soft approach. You’ll notice the new grille and headlamps at the front, making the pickup look a lot like the CX-5. Two new wheel options are available here, a 17-inch and a larger 18-inch exclusive to the two top derivatives.

Inside, the Mazda BT-50 now has a completely new interior, coming as a major improvement to the one it replaces. The new interior looks more modern and premium than the last. A new multifunction steering wheel is on board while the dash is host to a touch infotainment screen. Two versions of the screen are available: a 7-inch and a larger 9-inch, both have smartphone mirroring functionality. Rear passengers will be able to make use of a USB port dedicated to that portion of the vehicle.

Safety

Standard safety equipment across the range will include ISOFIX tethers because bakkies have become family vehicles and no longer function purely as utility machines. Driver and passenger knee, curtain and side airbags are also present to keep occupants of the Mazda BT-50 as safe as possible. Mazda has added other convenience/safety features such as keyless entry, a reverse camera and functions like Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. Roll Over Mitigation and Trailer sway mitigation are also there should you do decide to hitch one. According to the brand, the BT-50 received a 5 Star ANCAP safety rating in 2020, issued in Australia.

2021 Mazda BT-50 engine specs

Mazda has gone ahead and made two engine options available in this new BT-50, and both of them are diesel. You can have it in 1.9l format and pair it to a manual or automatic gearbox (both have six forward gears). This engine is good for 110 kW and 350 Nm of torque and has a locking differential. The second option is a 3.0l and with this, you don’t get to choose your gearbox as it’s only available in automatic. This larger bore four-pot is available in 4×2 and 4×4, with a total output of 140 kW and 450 Nm going to the rear or all four wheels.

How much is the Mazda BT-50?

With four variants currently available, and all of them in double cab format, the new Mazda BT-50 has a starting price of R611 000. Have a look at the full price range below.

Mazda BT-50 Active                                                                            R611 900

Mazda BT-50 Active Auto                                                                   R647 900

Mazda BT-50 Dynamic                                                                        R759 400

Mazda BT-50 4×4 Individual                                                               R794 400