Mazda’s BT50 pickup truck will get a new generation “suit” pretty soon without any doubt. The latest reports claim that the all-new vehicle should be done in the coming months, so it could be introduced as the 2018 Mazda BT50. However, in contrast to the current model that has a lot in common with the Ford Ranger, the new generation vehicle will choose another partner. Yes, Mazda’s pickup will pick Isuzu for the partner, which might bring completely new options on the table.
2018 Mazda BT50: Engines and Platform
We are pretty sure that the cooperation will bring two similar models. More precisely, the 2018 Mazda BT50 and Isuzu’s sibling will share the platform and perhaps engine, but nothing more. The pickups will likely get two engine options. The first might be a turbocharged 2.2-liter diesel four-cylinder, which delivers 173 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Isuzu’s engine department will offer an updated 3.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that recently raised torque at 430Nm. Both units will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Exterior and Interior Changes
Styling wise, the new generation BT50 won’t have anything in common with the current model. Instead, the front-end styling will largely resemble the new all-new CX-5 crossover. It will feature a mesh grille with narrow headlights. Aside it’s going to be very massive the new grille will also get chrome borders that make the nose more attractive. Below, the vehicle should feature a pronounced bumper with large air intakes.
The Japanese car manufacturer will make a number of changes inside as well. A new cockpit will feature better seats with cooling and heating options, as well as a 7.0-inch touchscreen. The new screen will be mounted at the center, yet atop of the dashboard. The pickup truck will have three trim levels. Aside it’s going to have the 7.0-inch infotainment the base model will also sport Bluetooth connectivity, power windows, door locks, and mirrors. There will be also a rearview camera, keyless entry, and two USB chargers. In case you want something more, the pickup will get the topping Touring trim, which will host amazing equipment. It’s going to have leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Of course, the new truck will sports the amazing Bose 10-speaker premium audio system.
Safety Features and Price
There will be an optional safety package with a range of useful features. According to information we have, you will be able to get the 2018 Mazda BT50 with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.
The current BT50 left the North American market a long time ago, but the next-generation of Mazda’s pickup truck might make a comeback. If not, it will continue to be sold worldwide, starting from the next year. The price of the 2018 Mazda BT50 is unknown at the moment, yet the latest rumors suggest it’s going to cost around $21,000. Taking into account that Toyota’s amazing HiLux costs as much, the new BT50 must be really good if the carmaker plans to make a success.