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.




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.



  • 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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