Mazda BT-50 Upgrades: Rough Terrain Mode and Enhanced Specs

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Mazda BT-50 Upgrades
Mazda BT-50 Upgrades

Since 2006, the Japanese automaker has worked with Ford Ranger, the best-selling vehicle, to manufacture the Mazda BT-50, first a tiny and then a mid-size pickup truck. The BT-50 and the Isuzu D-Max currently share DNA as of the third generation, which was revealed in Australia in 2020.

The current BT-50 (TF) is manufactured at Isuzu’s factory in Samrong, Samut Prakan, Thailand, and is a key model for Mazda in the Austral-Asian market. Australia often receives the latest updates first, such as last year’s new off-road accessory packs.

Recently, the Australian division announced several upgrades, including a Rough Terrain Mode for all 4×4 models, enhancing traction in challenging off-road conditions by modulating throttle and brake inputs and working with the locking rear differential and Hill Descent Control.

Mazda BT-50 Upgrades
Mazda BT-50 Upgrades

The Dual Cab now comes in a new GT specification, building on the XTR grade with features like LED headlamps, dual-zone climate control, a 9-inch touchscreen, and leather-clad steering wheel and gear knob. It also includes chrome-finished heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats, and brown leather upholstery. The GT model gains a remote start function, and the XTR trim now includes an engine-off accessory mode for lights and audio. The XS and XT models now feature auto-relock functionality.

Pricing starts at AUD 35,520 (about $23,715) for the base 1.9-liter engine, available only on the BT-50 Single Chassis XS with 4×2. The 3.0-liter engine is standard on other models, starting at AUD 38,520 ($25,731). Mazda offers 21 configurations combining Single, Freestyle, and Dual Cab chassis with 4×2 and 4×4, and XS, XT, XTR, GT, SP, and Thunder trims. Prices remain the same as last year, except for the SP model, which increased by AUD 30 ($20) to AUD 68,690 ($45,870).

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