Australian pricing and specs for the 2021 Mazda BT-50 have been announced ahead of its on sale date on October 1st. Heavily based on the 2021 Isuzu D-Max, the new BT-50 ushers in significantly more tech, a stylish new look and a new 3.0-litre diesel engine.

“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,” said Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi.

“With cutting-edge safety technology, impressive all-terrain performance and a smooth and efficient drivetrain, the brand new BT-50 offers exceptional value across the range, while meeting the demands of the modern customer,” he said.

For now, just dual cab variants of the 2021 Mazda BT-50 have been detailed – the timing for both single and extra-cab variants is yet to be confirmed. The 2021 Mazda BT-50 range will be available in three main specs: XT, XTR and GT. All are available with either a manual or automatic transmission (bravo to Mazda Australia for offering a top-spec manual!), while the XT and XTR offer both 4×2 and 4×4 variants – the latter is standard on the GT.

All models are powered by a 140kW/450Nm 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine, matched to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. According to Mazda, up to 50kg has been saved thanks to the adoption of the BT-50’s new platform. Fuel consumption is rated between 7.7 and 8.0L/100km and braked towing capacity is rated at 3,500kg for all models.

Like the D-Max on which it’s based, standard equipment on all BT-50 models is strong, especially with active safety tech. Even the entry level XT receives eight airbags (including a front centre unit), forward collision warning with auto emergency braking (AEB), blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention alert, speed sign alert, lane departure warning, auto high beam, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors (pickup body only) and on auto variants, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality and lane keep assist – manual variants feature regular cruise control.

XTs also include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with halogen daytime running lights, auto lights and wipers, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, digital radio, a four-speaker sound system, air conditioning and electric windows and mirrors.

The XTR adds auto-leveling headlights, LED daytime running lights with LED front fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, electric-folding mirrors, a leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control with rear air-vents, a rear centre armrest, an auto-dimming mirror, side steps, keyless entry and start and a larger 9.0-inch touchscreen with inbuilt satellite navigation and a six-speaker sound system.

The top-spec GT adds brown leather upholstery, an eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and mirrors, an eight-speaker sound system, chrome heated mirrors, front parking sensors and for auto variants, remote start.

Seven exterior colours are available for 2021 Mazda BT-50: ‘Concrete Grey Mica’, ‘Gunblue Mica’, ‘Ice White Solid’, ‘Rock Grey Mica’, ‘Red Volcano Mica’, ‘Ingot Silver Metallic’ and ‘True Black Mica’ – these are all unique to the BT-50 in the Mazda range and the company’s traditional colours such as ‘Soul Red’ are not offered.

All 2021 Mazda BT-50 variants come with the company’s five-year/unlimited km warranty with five years of roadside assist. Service pricing is yet to be announced, though like the D-Max, the BT-50 will have 15,000km/yearly (whichever comes first) service intervals – this is 5,000km longer than Mazda passenger cars.

2021 Mazda BT-50 pricing (plus on-road costs):

XT dual cab chassis 4×2 auto: $44,090

XT dual cab pickup 4×2 auto: $45,490

XTR dual cab pickup 4×2 auto: $49,470

XT dual cab chassis 4×4 manual: $49,360

XT dual cab chassis 4×4 auto: $51,860

XT dual cab pickup 4×4 manual: $50,760

XT dual cab pickup 4×4 auto: $53,260

XTR dual cab pickup 4×4 manual: $54,710

XTR dual cab pickup 4×4 auto: $57,210

GT dual cab pickup 4×4 manual: $56,990

GT dual cab pickup 4×4 automatic: $59,990

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