It looks like the Isuzu D-Max's Mazda twin is on its way to the country
2021 may be coming to a close, but Mazda Philippines has something special in store just before we bid the year farewell.
The automaker recently released a teaser image of an upcoming vehicle. While Mazda did not exactly say what they'll be revealing, they did mention that it's “something you want”.
Looking at Mazda's current lineup, the oldest model they currently have is the BT-50. With that, it is very likely the Mazda in the teaser is the next-generation pick-up truck. Assuming they plan to launch the all-new BT-50 very soon, what can we expect to get on the PH-spec model?
For starters, it will use the same engines that power the 2021 D-Max. That's because the latest BT-50 is now an Isuzu-Mazda collaboration. Expect it to come with either a 3.0-liter or 1.9-liter turbo-diesel engine. Transmission options could include a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, along with 4WD.
When it comes to design, the new BT-50 will feature the brand's Kodo – Soul of Motion design language that consists of the signature front grille, LED headlights, new alloy wheels, and sleek pair of LED taillights. Size-wise, the all-new pick-up now measures 5280mm long, 1870mm wide, and 1790mm tall.
Like the exterior, the interior of the BT-50 will feature a more upscale design. Both the steering wheel and seats can be specified with leather. Meanwhile, piano black accents will give the interior a classier look and feel. Available amenities for the all-new pick-up will include a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-speaker sound system, as well as satellite navigation.
With Mazda Philippines gearing up for an upcoming launch, we certainly hope that the all-new vehicle they will be revealing is indeed the BT-50. We wouldn't mind doing a comparo between it and its Isuzu twin once it debuts.