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Mazda BT-50 Boss: new top-spec dual cab is here to battle the Ford Ranger Wildtrak

The Boss is the new top dog in the BT-50 range

The Mazda BT-50 has a new top dog, with the Japanese brand today confirming a new Boss model will sit above the GT trim in its ute line-up.

It builds on the spec of the GT model on which it's based, which includes leather trim, central locking for the tailgate, a tub liner and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Boss then adds a better Alpine stereo and gloss-black styling to boost it's street appeal.

Under the bonnet, you'll find Mazda's 3.2-litre MZ-CD diesel, good for 147kW and 470Nm. That grunt unlocks a 3500kg braked towing capacity, and a payload of over 1000kg. The Boss is 4WD only, too, and will only be offered with a six-speed automatic.

Key among the changes for the Boss is an eight-speaker Alpine stereo with eight carbon-fibre-reinforced speakers, including new tweeters mounted in the A-pillars. And the BT-50's chrome pieces have been replaced with gloss black accents, including the front grille, door handles, mirror caps, side steps and the sports bar.

The alloys are blacked-out, too - with a 17-inch, eight-spoke wheel design - and there's a soft tonneau cover that's, well, black, of course.

And if you still fear other road users could mistake you for driving a lesser BT-50 model, worry not; the black-and-white "Boss" stickers that span both sides of the body should make it pretty clear what you've purchased. Or possibly that you're just a really big Bruce Springsteen fan.

You only get one colour choice, and that's Snowflake White Pearl Mica, which Mazda says was chosen to show off all the new gloss-black bits.

The BT-50's chrome pieces have been replaced with gloss black accents, including the front grille, door handles, mirror caps, side steps and the sports bar. The BT-50's chrome pieces have been replaced with gloss black accents, including the front grille, door handles, mirror caps, side steps and the sports bar.

The Boss will set you back $55,990, drive-away, which is technically cheaper than the official $58,330 sticker price on the BT-50 GT 4WD. But EOFY pricing has that vehicle listed from $48,990 drive-away on Mazda's website.

“The new Boss grade amplifies the tough ute’s looks and adds quality equipment to improve the ownership experience," says Mazda Australia's MD, Vinesh Bhindi.

"Adding the Boss grade to our line-up gives customers the option to purchase an already customised, accessory loaded Mazda BT-50 that will stand out from the crowd.”

Which ute wins the style race? The BT-50 Boss or the Ranger Wildtrak?