2016 Mazda BT-50 Pickup Review

2016 Mazda BT-50 front side

2016 Mazda BT-50 Pickup review in this article is about price, design, engine and some other information.The first generation of the BT-50 has been first launched nearly 10 years ago while the current model has been on the market for the past four years, so it might just be the right time for an update. In order to cope with the newer trucks in its class such as the new Navara or the Hilux, Mazda released their facelifted BT-50 some time ago and it has been on sale in Australia for nearly a couple of months while in the rest of the World it should follow shortly.

The 2016 Mazda BT-50 remains pretty much the same truck as before which is perfectly fine for us, especially since it is cheaper than the Ranger which is the Ford version of the same truck.

2016 Mazda BT-50 front side

2016 Mazda BT-50 Pickup Review Design

Just as we mentioned, the exterior design of the 2016 Mazda BT-50 changes a bit over that of the 2011 model. Unfortunately though, despite the fact most other Mazda cars now use the Kodo design scheme, the BT-50 still uses the old design with minimal changes such as a new pair of headlights with blackened interior as a slightly revised grille. The truck will also come with new wheel designs across the board as well as new tail lights for the back end. Some people also rumored about the truck receiving a new set of colors which would be available for a limited time.

2016 Mazda BT-50 front grille

The interior has not been revealed just yet to the public and it seems that the Australian version is not the finalized truck. This is expected to get an all new dashboard, new seats in the front which should provide more comfort and better support as well as a new steering wheel, more similar in design with the one on the Mazda 6. The base equipment level will include quite a few commodities such as air conditioning, an adjustable steering rack and even electric mirrors. A rear view camera with a center mounted screen will also be available for the first time in the BT-50. The top of the range models will add leather upholstery, a surround audio system, satellite navigation and more storage spaces than the base version.

2016 Mazda BT-50 interior

Under the hood engine

Under the hood of the 2016 Mazda BT-50 there will be the same two engines as before, both of them being Ford units, identical to those in the Ranger. We hope that in the near future the BT-50 will get the great 2.2 liter twin-turbocharged SkyActiv unit but until then it will have to do with a single turbocharged 2.2 liter TDCi Ford diesel as well as with a beefier 3.2 liter inline 5 turbo-diesel which is expected to be the best seller for the truck.

Both of these will be available with either a 6 speed manual or with a 6 speed automatic and with rear or all wheel drive, allowing the buyer to get the best model for the job. Being the same engines as those on the Ranger, the smaller 2.2 liter unit will provide from 110 up to 150 horsepower and as much as 375 N*m of torque while the bigger 3.2 liter unit will be good for up to 200 horsepower and 470 N*m of torque, both of them being quite similar in terms of fuel consumption.

2016 Mazda BT-50 engine

2016 Mazda BT-50 Price

This means that the 2016 Mazda BT-50 is not only cheaper, but also better value for money and it also comes with a different design, an all new interior as well as slightly better comfort features which should please a lot of people. The price, while unknown at this point for most of the markets it will be sold in, will likely take a small hike by around 5% due to the fact the truck will now come with more equipment in its base model.

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