Last week, Mazda teased its next-generation pick-up truck. No longer based on the Ford Ranger, the all-new 2020 BT-50 now has the underpinning and running gear of the all-new Isuzu D-Max.
Now, the automaker has officially taken the covers off the next-gen 2020 Mazda BT-50 pick-up. The all-new pick-up features Mazda's Kodo – Soul of Motion design language throughout the exterior. The signature front grille and headlight design are present which gives the BT-50 a sleek look. It also has 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and a slightly different set of taillights at the back that makes it distinct from the Isuzu D-Max.
Sizewise, the BT-50 measures 5280mm long, 1870mm wide, 1790mm tall, and has a 3125mm wheelbase.
Inside, range-topping models of the BT-50 will come with high-quality leather that covers the seats, dashboard, and the doors. Moreover, it gets a unique three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel. Just like the D-Max, the BT-50 is also available with features like automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment, as well as a new multi-info display.
Under the hood, the BT-50 is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-four. No, this is not an engine made by Mazda as it is actually the same 4JJ3-TCX 3.0-liter found in the all-new Isuzu D-Max. It makes 190 PS at 3600 rpm, along with 450 Nm of torque at 1600 – 2600 rpm.
Power is then transferred to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. It also has a towing capacity of 3,500 kg when fitted with the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel. There's no word yet whether the 1.9-liter turbo-diesel will be made available for the BT-50.
Making its global reveal in Australia, the all-new BT-50 will also be initially offered in their market in the second half of 2020. This could mean that ASEAN markets could follow later in the year. Just like the previous generation, Mazda will build 2020 BT-50 in Thailand for the ASEAN and Australian markets.