The 2021 Mazda BT-50 ute has been unveiled online ahead of its Australian launch scheduled before the end of the year.
The new model has been completely redesigned from the ground up and ends a 48-year partnership with Ford, opting instead to start a new relationship for co-development of vehicles with Isuzu.
As reported when the 2021 Mazda BT-50 was teased, the car is based on the yet-to-be-released 2021 Isuzu D-Max with which it shares the majority of its common parts. Both vehicles share the same ladder frame, suspension, powertrain, electrical architecture and 9.0-inch infotainment touch-screen.
The new BT-50’s exterior and interior designs are unique however. Its all-new design including the load carrying tub, adopts Mazda’s latest ‘Kodo’ design theme, looking aggressive than its smiley-faced predecessor. The ute now shares its look with other members of the Mazda family such as the Mazda CX-3 and CX-5 SUVs.
LED headlights will feature on all models and new tail-lights also feature the brand’s signature circular design. The bold new grille and bulging bonnet make the new BT-50 appear much sportier from the front.
The all-new BT-50 brings a range of new safety technologies, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring system, matching other popular models in Australia such as the Ford Ranger and the Toyota HiLux.
Mazda Australia is yet to announce pricing, specifications or variant details for the new ute, which will be produced alongside the new D-MAX in Thailand. Stay tuned for updates later in the year.