2012 Mazda BT-50 Range Launched In Australia

Tony O'Kane | Oct 19, 2011

Update: Dual cab and Freestyle cab pricing added.

Mazda has launched the all-new BT-50 range in Australia, which brings new sheetmetal, a car-like interior and two new diesel powertrains.

The 2012 BT-50's exterior styling echoes Mazda's passenger car range, and ditches the more typical 'work-truck' butch styling in favour of sleeker lines. The intent is to avoid the "boxiness" of its key competitors.

Mazda's designers also looked to passenger cars for inspiration for the BT-50's cabin. Its equipped it with higher-quality plastics, more comfort-oriented seats and a high centre console that integrates smoothly with the dashboard.

Three bodystyles are on offer - single cab-chassis, 'freestyle cab' and dual cab - and there are now three model grades: XT, XTR and GT.

The dual cab goes on sale November 1; the suicide-door freestyle (extra-cab) will be available later in November this year. The cab-chassis however will not be available until early next year. There will be no single cab model with ute tub on offer.

Mazda expects to sell 1000 units a month of the new range, with the XT model accounting for 65 percent of those sales.

Mechanical Package

2.2 litre MZ-CD turbodiesel

The new 2.2 litre turbodiesel four-cylinder powers only one model in the range, the entry-level single cab XT 4x2. It produces 110kW and 375Nm, with peak torque available from 1500rpm to 2500rpm.

A six-speed manual transmission is the only transmission offered on the XT single cab 4x2; for this configuration fuel economy averages 7.6 l/100km on the combined cycle.

The XT 4x2 single cab chassis can tow a maximum of 2500kg (braked).

3.2 litre MX-CD turbodiesel

This five-cylinder turbodiesel engine is the mainstay of the BT-50 range, and produces a healthy 147kW and a sizable 470Nm of torque. Low-end tractability is in abundance with this engine, with 100 percent of peak torque on tap between 1750rpm and 2500rpm.

Available in all variants and mated to both 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains, the 3.2 litre diesel is also available with an optional six-speed automatic (a six speed manual is standard) in the dual-cab utility models. The maximum braked towing capacity for all 3.2-powered variants is 3350kg.

Fuel economy ranges between 8.4 l/100km for the 4x2 manual models and 9.2 l/100km for the 4x4 auto. Both the 4x2 auto and 4x4 manual consume 8.9 l/100km on the combined cycle.

All 4x4 models are fitted with a dual-range transfer case which can shift between 2H and 4H (ie. high range) on the fly at the press of a button. For engaging low range, the car must be stopped.

An electronically locking rear differential is also standard on all 4x4 models, improving traction on loose surfaces and steep inclines.

Features

All models are equipped with power windows and mirrors, Bluetooth, cruise control and air-conditioning.

The mid-grade XTR models also get dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearknob, foglamps and 17-inch alloys. The GT-spec adds leather upholstery, auto-on headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.

Both the XTR and GT are available with one of two option packages. The Boss Sports kit adds an airbag-compatible alloy bull bar, two driving lights, seven-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, an alloy sports bar, stainless steel side steps and a lockable hard tonneau cover.

The Boss Adventure kit is similar to the Boss Sports pack, but instead has a steel bull bar, soft tonneau cover and five-spoke alloy wheels. (There are in fact more than 105 factory-approved accessories.)

Safety Equipment

All BT-50 grades get stabiltiy control, traction control, ABS, EBD and brake assist as standard. Passenger protection is provided by three-point seat belts and front, front side and curtain airbags.

Pricing

  • XT 4x2 Freestyle Cab Chassis 6MT $32,590
  • XT 4x2 Dual Cab Utility 6MT $36,090
  • XT 4x2 Dual Cab Utility 6AT $38,090
  • XTR 4x2 Dual Cab Utility 6MT $40,740
  • XTR 4x2 Dual Cab Utility 6AT $42,740
  • XT 4x4 Freestyle Cab Chassis 6MT $40,660
  • XTR 4x4 Freestyle Cab Utility 6MT $46,810
  • XT 4x4 Dual Cab Chassis 6MT $42,660
  • XT 4x4 Dual Cab Utility 6MT $44,160
  • XT 4x4 Dual Cab Utility 6AT $46,160
  • XTR 4x4 Dual Cab Utility 6MT $48,810
  • XTR 4x4 Dual Cab Utility 6AT $50,810
  • GT 4x4 Dual Cab Utility 6MT $50,710
  • GT 4x4 Dual Cab Utility 6AT $52,710

Pricing for the single-cab variants and option packages has yet to be released.

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  • cyclone says,
    3 years ago
    With all the talk about having cars with pedestrian friendly bonnets and windscreen wipers etc, why then can vehicles like this have huge bull bars, especially that allow one, which looks like it has more pointed bits on it than a shark has teeth, when most of these cars will never see a bull or probably even a dirt road in their lives
    • Fangster says,
      3 years ago
      6 likes
      Bullbars are a necessity in a country like Australia. You may be city bound and not get out much, but plenty of Australians do. They run big risks of animal strikes that can kill cars and their occupants.

      Bullbars also allow for safe mounting of spot lights (safe night driving) and winches used for recovery in remote areas. They provide (usually) a better approach angle and reduce the risk of vehicle damage off-road. They are not generally fitted as a cosmetic item, they have an important function.

      LOTS of people living in cities get out on the weekends to 4WD or tour in this country.

      Bullbars have to meet ADRs so it's not a free-for-all.

      These aren't HUGE bullbars, they are just regular sized bullbars, and this isn't Texas so they may never see a bull, but will possibly see quite a few kangaroos.


    • Shane says,
      2 years ago
      its not rocket surgery its a bar protecting a car, try that in your Prius
  • Rob says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    Believe it or not lots of cars like these see bulls and buffalo and wild horses in Australia with almost every drive. Don't need to be in Texas you will be surprised whats here if you take the time to learn about it. Try living where I do. Bull bars are important when dealing with wildlife though no bull bar will save up from a large animal like a buffallo going at speed. A have a bull bar on my current 4wd and have saved me and my panels from large roos going faster than 110kph. Btw the speed limit here is 130kph. I am downgrading to a bt 50 as planing for a family soon. It won't be as tough as a 98 model cruiser but with care will still handle our 3 hours of rough dirt road to get home, it is way more safr and is far less thirsty. Some of the places I go to when time permits can be 10 hours from the nearest pub andG I am confidend that with careful driving and a bit of skill this comfy little ute will get me to where I need to go. It will be comfortable to go through .8 metre of water providing he flow isn't to strong and Mabye more with some pre planning. The old cruiser made it through at 1.2 fairly flowing but I will have to learn to be more reserved. All part of life in the top end. I think people are far to fast to jump to conclusions and need to do more research or need more experience before blurting out there opinion.
  • Chippy Charlie says,
    3 years ago

    For what its worth i hate to say this but it was through having a bull bar on my
    Mazda Bravo ute that save my life after colliding with a mob of cows up here in the
    Pilbara. I guess you could say or assume its a bit like Texas up here
    It was 6.30pm at night, the sun had gone down and darkness was upon me. The general rule of thumb for me any way and this may apply to others is that I try not to drive at night due to the number of hazards out on the roads namely Kangaroos, cattle & horses etc,however, some times this can't be avoided.
    As it so happened I was in a line of three vehicles, the first vehicle had his lights on high beam and swerved to avoid the first beast. Having my light on low beam I also took evasive action coming in contact with the second or third beast and ending up in the paddock and the rest as they say is history.
    Been 100 ks away from your destination as in my case or for that matter 1000ks from any destination is no joke,especially when there is no telephone coverage and reliant on passers by and truckies.
    My ute was a write off and thank goodness for Insurance. However, I would like to thank the guys who stopped to render assistance. Your help was invaluable. I can not thankyou enough.
    I totally agree with the previous writers, you will never understand what its like until you venture out and see the roadside carnage, the number of hazards that are out there on our roads. My bullbar had alot to do with saving my life and it wasn't just there
    for looks. I put it there for a reason!!!!!!
    The good news is I'm now waiting for my new BT 50 GT
  • Country boy says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    How much for the alloy bull bars and where can I buy them from????
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