Mazda Motor Corporation has kicked off the production of the company's refreshed pick-up truck, the BT-50. Being stablemates with the Ford Ranger, the BT-50 will be built in the Auto Alliance plant in Thailand. Mazda plans to launch the refreshed pick-up by the second half of 2015 in Thai and Australian markets.
The refreshed BT-50 sheds the old “smiling” design popularized by the previous generation Mazda 3. For 2016, BT-50 is now in line with the company's Kodo design languange, first seen in the CX-5 crossover. Also, the 2016 BT-50 features a new two bar grille, smoked headlights and new wheels. The rear also gets new tail lights.
Mazda has yet to release interior photos of the updated BT-50 but will feature Mazda's latest infotainment system, bringing it in line with the rest of the company's refreshed and all-new line-up. Also new for the BT-50 is a rear-view camera for maximum visibility and assistance when backing up.
Like the Ford Ranger, the BT-50 will receive the same engines found in its Ford sibling. The updated BT-50 will be powered by either a 4-cylinder, 2.2 liter turbodiesel or the 5-cylinder, 3.2 liter turbodiesel.