Previously, the XTR Freestyle Cab was available exclusively with a manual transmission and 4WD, with only the Dual Cab in the XTR range offering an automatic option.
Mazda’s sales figures for 2013 show that 65 percent of BT-50 buyers have opted for 4WD with 43 percent of those buyers preferring the automatic.
Other options, including the choice of 2.2 litre four-cylinder or 3.2 litre five-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines remain unchanged.
The BT-50’s Freestyle Cab features pillar-less rear ‘suicide’ doors, allowing greater access to the rear seats than in previous 'extra-cab' utes.
“We have responded to increased customer demand for automatic transmissions by adding the BT-50 XTR Freestyle Cab Utility 4WD with a six-speed automatic transmission to our award-winning utility line-up,” Mazda Australia’s Alastair Doak said.
The current BT-50 was launched in late 2011, which preceded a strong sales performance of 11,848 units in 2012.
To the end of September this year, the utility was track to beat its 2012 record having clocked up 10,556 sales.
The Mazda BT-50 XTR Freestyle Cab Utility 4WD with six-speed automatic transmission is on sale now, priced at $48,890 plus on-roads.