The upcoming renewal of the ute, that will come to Australia from a revamped factory in Thailand, includes a swoopy new body. The BT-50 is the Mazda version of the shared T6 development program at Ford Australia that created the global workhorse.
Both brands will reveal their contenders at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney next month but, while Ford is keeping its T6 secret, Mazda is going public with an artist's impression of how its BT-50 will look.
The drawing shows a vehicle that is far more modern, with a wedgy nose and a side profit that's a little like the Mitsubishi Triton. Mazda in Japan describes the pickup as "an active lifestyle vehicle that overturns the conventional image of a compact pickup truck with modern and refined styling".
It also says it's not just for workers, but also for families and "pleasure seekers" with an active lifestyle. The new BT-50, like the Ford F6, is a global vehicle which will be sold in most countries including Europe.
In Sydney, it will be displayed alongside Mazda's new SKY Concept powertrains, including the SKY-G direct-injection petrol engine, the SKY-D diesel and the SKY-Drive automatic transmission.