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Mike Stevens | Jun, 05 2015 | 29 Comments

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.

Above: the BT-50 in its current form.
Above: the BT-50 in its current form.

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.

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Australia's Pickups (Sales, January to end of May)

Model 4x2 4x4 Total
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

 
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