Mazda’s updated BT-50 pickup has been officially revealed, with production set to get underway in Thailand this week.
For the 2016 model year, the BT-50 steps closer towards Mazda’s current styling language without adopting the full ‘flat nose’ look.
As revealed in a leaked image last month, front styling appears to be drawn from the same look applied to the updated CX-5 SUV. Rear styling will likely be more-or-less identical to that of the outgoing model.
We say ‘likely’ as the Japanese carmaker has only afforded us a single photo of its updated ute, but sweeping changes to the rear aren’t usually the norm for a mid-cycle update to a commercial pickup.
Mazda has revealed that the rear will get revised tail lights, and buyers can expect some new-look alloy wheels across some of the range.
The carmaker also says the model line-up will be unchanged for 2016, meaning the BT-50 will retain its 2WD and 4WD variants in single-cab, dual-cab and ‘freestyle’ extra-cab body-styles.
The interior gets a light update which Mazda says will give it “a higher-quality feel”, and a reversing camera will be available for the first time on some models.
Powertrain options will carry over from the outgoing model, including the 2.2 litre four-cylinder and 3.2 litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engines producing 110kW/375Nm and 147kW/470Nm respectively.
Each engine is available with either manual or automatic transmissions - both six-speed.
Mazda says its updated BT-50 will arrive sometime before the end of the year, with pricing and full specifications still to be confirmed.