New Mazda BT-50: More details emerge

Proper bakkie bits for new Mazda double-cab.

Anticipation for Mazda’s third-generation BT-50 bakkie range is steadily building, as the Japanese brand ramps-up production.

This new BT-50 is a mechanical twin of the latest Isuzu D-Max and with the global launch schedule now commencing, we have gained greater insight into the Mazda’s specification and available accessories.

Powered by an Isuzu 3-litre turbodiesel engine, the new BT-50 has impressive hauling statistics. All double-cabs, irrespective of transmission choice or whether they are 4x4 or 4x2, have been certified to tow 3 500 kg.

Loadbox carrying capacity is on the double-cab cab is a notable 1 106 kg, which should provide all the capacity any leisure user would need, for Safari travel in the SADC region.

An interesting specification to note is that Mazda will not be offering any of its BT-50 double-cab 4x2s with the six-speed manual transmission option. If you want to select gears yourself, that is only available on the 4x4 variants, which also offer the six-speed automatic drivetrain.

Off-road capabilities are competitive, with 240 mm of ground clearance and an 800 mm water fording ability. The new BT-50 also tallies an approach angle of 30.4-degrees and can leave a technical obstacle at 25.3-degree, without doing damage to its rear section bodywork or bumper.

Mazda is clearly targeting the new BT-50 as a lifestyle and light adventure double-cab bakkie. To provide customers with a broad option of customization, it will offer a generous selection of accessories.

One of the most impressive new BT-50 accessories is a wraparound steel bullbar. Designed to not interfere with the BT-50's engine cooling, sophisticated parking sensors or safety scanning cameras, this bullbar also offers mounting points for additional spotlights.

For South African Mazda BT-50 fans the option of a robust factory bullbar would be very desirable. Especially one that is structured to protect the vehicle’s entire front section in the event of an animal strike – and can illuminate a gravel road more effectively, at night, with those spotlight mounting points in use.

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