Mazda’s refreshed BT-50 has surfaced at last, with a revealing new ‘spy’ photo appearing across enthusiast forums in Thailand, where the high-riding utility is built.
While the Thai market already receives special sports-styled versions of the BT-50, it is likely that the new-look model shown here is what we’ll see in Australia later this year.
The BT-50’s styling has polarised buyers since it first appeared at the Sydney Motor Show five years ago, debuting a car-inspired face that drew on the ‘Nagare’ styling worn by the Mazda passenger range of the time.
But, with 5694 sales so far in 2015, and 13,044 sales at the end of 2014, the audaciously styled pickup has hardly struggled to find fans.
Today’s early leak reveals that, as expected, the updated BT-50 will take its inspiration from the new ‘Kodo’ styling language worn by Mazda’s new passenger range.
Standout changes include a new grille design framed by a now familiar chrome blade garnish, with the large Mazda badge centred prominantly against a dark grey panel.
The current model’s large headlights continue, but now with a smoked tint that does away with the chrome and background and bold orange indicator lenses.
Other details remain hidden for now, although we might expect to see a refreshed design in the cabin, along with Mazda’s new MZD infotainment system.
Changes at the rear are likely to be limited to the tail lamps, which may retain their current shape but gain a dark cherry tint inspired by other new Mazda models.
Watch for the newly updated BT-50 to hit the Australian market later this year.
Australia's Pickups (Sales, January to end of May)
|1. Toyota HiLux||4328||10,172||14,500|
|2. Ford Ranger||2214||8558||10,772|
|3. Mitsubishi Triton||1695||8488||10,183|
|4. Holden Colorado||1111||6188||7299|
|5. Mazda BT-50||2028||3666||5694|
|6. Nissan Navara||95||5098||5193|
|7. Isuzu D-Max||132||4099||4231|
|8. Volkswagen Amarok||185||3316||3501|
|9. Toyota LandCruiser PU/CC||2636||2636|
|10. Foton Tunland||56||428||484|
|11. Nissan Patrol PU/CC||133||133|
|12. Great Wall V200/V240||52||26||88|
|13. Ssangyong Actyon||31||42||73|
|14. Land Rover Defender PU/CC||20||20|