Mazda Australia has posted a teaser photo of what looks a lot like the all-new BT-50 bakkie on Instagram. Here's what we know about the newcomer.
With the dark shadowy image you see here, the tagline of "Something huge is coming. Tune in on 17 June, 11am AEST (Australian Eastern time) for the global launch of a once in a generation Mazda. Set your reminder now," was at the bottom. Cryptic indeed, but there's no denying that trademark shape of a bakkie.
The all-new Mazda BT-50 has been a long time coming, we at Cars.co.za last sampled one back in 2017!
So what do we know about the newcomer? The big news is the all-new Mazda BT-50 will be built using the new Isuzu D-Max platform. This marks the end of the 48-year relationship between Ford and the Japanese brand as previous iterations of the BT-50 were built on the Ford Ranger platform. The question you're all wondering is just how different will the new Mazda BT-50 be compared to the Isuzu D-Max?
If CarAdvice is on the money, it's understood that there "will be no significant under-the-skin differences between the new Isuzu D-Max and the new Mazda BT-50." Under the bonnet is likely to be a revised version of Isuzu's current 3.0-litre turbodiesel motor packing 140 kW and 450 Nm.
Watch this space as the reveal is scheduled for the 17th June 2020. We'll be watching. Mazda South Africa has indicated that it does plan to bring this new-generation BT-50 to South Africa but can't confirm as to when it will arrive. Despite the Isuzu D-Max similarity and local manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth, Mazda will continue to import its future BT-50 bakkies from Thailand.
We tried to work our digital magic in an effort to see more detail...