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    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.

The working-class Mazda BT pickup is heading for a major fashion makeover.

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.

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  • Please oh please, having held off on the bt50 for something as silly as paint colour and starting to spend too much to keep my beloved B2500 on the road (over the 200000 mark) and desperately jealous of the power of the 3.0 DT engine, find me this vehicle with colour options and sky-d engine!

    flyby Posted on 16 December 2010 10:24pm
  • Looks WAY better than the Triton and even Hilux (which is a fairly good looking ute)... let's just hope it can deliver on capability as much as the others...

    small-car-dude of Perth Posted on 21 September 2010 1:45pm

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