AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER
THE partnership between Mazda and Isuzu has produced a unique product, the Mazda BT-50 bakkie.
Fully redesigned for the first time in nine years, the new Mazda BT-50 is supplied by Isuzu Motor Limited on an OEM basis, and the vehicle will go on sale under the Mazda brand name starting in the Australian market in the latter half of 2020.
Since its debut in 2006, the Mazda BT-50 has been sold mainly in regions including Oceania, ASEAN, Central, South America, the Middle East and Africa.
According to Mazda, the second fully-redesigned model aims to bring customers pleasure and enjoyment. Based on Isuzu’s D-MAX bakkie, special care went into the vehicle’s design, ease of use and into creating peace of mind for the occupants.
Mazda said it developed the Mazda BT-50 with the intention of making travel and the time spent inside the vehicle exceptionally pleasant. The vehicle’s driving performance, functionality and safety meet the active needs of the wide range of situations in which customers may use bakkies.
This is what Mazda said about their new creation: “The all-new Mazda BT-50 fuses Mazda’s Kodo—Soul of Motion design language and premium interiors with power, toughness and utilitarian functionality suited to a bakkie. Mazda’s Kodo – Soul of motion design language is immediately visible in the front grille, which makes it an undeniable part of the Mazda family. The Kodo design language is evident right from the front of the vehicle with the prominent front grille, and the 3 dimensional signature wing that extends out towards the side. The design of the headlights is distinct and sharp, taking in cues from Mazda’s SUV range. The low- sitting headlights and a wide design give the front a more muscular look that translates to a strong and powerful road presence. The chrome parts from the front grille extend right through to the mirror and door handles, forming a distinctive unbroken center line that flows from the front to the rear of the vehicle.
“The load-bay has ample room and can handle payloads well over one ton. At the back, the tailgate is the key design point, shaped to flow towards the Mazda badge to create a continuity of movement from front to rear. The all-new Mazda BT-50 interior cabin space has been carefully crafted to express Mazda’s commitment to human-centric design. Everything from dashboard, steering wheel, seats and center console has been redesigned to ensure that drivers feel connected to their vehicle and as comfortable as they can be. There is a sense of power and Mazda premium inside the cabin, with a stronger steering wheel and dashboard, and seats that wrap around the body especially when driving off-road.”