2012 Mazda BT-50 Engine Details Revealed

Mike Stevens | Mar 29, 2011

Mazda Australia has revealed new details for its upcoming 2012 BT-50, this time offering a look at which engines will power the new utility.

Headlining the range will be a 3.2 litre five-cylinder turbodiesel engine producing 147kW and 470Nm of torque, mirroring the figures of its platform stablemate, the new 2012 Ford Ranger.

The 3.2 litre 'MZ-CD' diesel engine's power figures represent a 24 percent increase in torque and a 28 percent increase in output over the 3.0 litre engine powering the current BT-50.

Fuel consumption for the new engine has yet to be announced, but Mazda says we can expect better figures than the outgoing engine, thanks in large part to the new high-pressure fuel system and advanced turbo-charging technologies.

Also shared with the 2012 Ranger is a new 2.2 litre turbodiesel engine, producing 110kW and 375Nm of torque - making for a 14 percent increase in torque and a 5 percent power increase over the existing 2.5 litre diesel.

"Utility buyers demand performance from their vehicle and there’s no doubt that the All-New BT-50’s new range of advanced diesel engines will provide just that," Mazda Australia's Alastair Doak said.

"Not only will these engines make for a more refined and responsive driving experience but customers will really notice the benefit during common scenarios such as towing or driving with heavy loads."

Both new powertrains have been developed with a focus on towing capabilities: in either manual or automatic transmission, Mazda says the 3.2 litre engine will be capable of towing up to 3350kg, delivering a 350kg increase over the current model.

The 2.2 litre engine offers a similar improvement, towing a maximum of 2500kg - an increase of 250kg over the larger outgoing engine.

The all-new 2012 Mazda BT-50 will arrive in Australian showrooms later this year.

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  • Callous says,
    5 years ago
    Mazda now officially own the ugliest ute title. That front end is frigging woeful and the back isn't much better. What a balls up.
    • Stephen A says,
      3 years ago
      Who cares about its styling, it's looks don't make a damn of difference to its on road or off road performance.
    • chris welsh says,
      3 years ago
      Better than rehashed old school ford look thats been around since the 60s
  • stephen fell says,
    3 years ago
    hi just ordered a bt50 4x4 3.2 in thailand to tow my boat a key selling feature of this model only problem is no one in thailand can provide me one i was after a genuine part mazda thailand do not do tow bars can anyone help?sad
  • anton says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    Do they want a car or bakkie design ..this looks stupid and this could only sell to "inbetweeners"
  • Thys Grobbelaar says,
    3 years ago
    Looks impressive. Would like to test the 2.2 and the 3.2 towing my Conquera offroad caravan,
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