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New Mazda BT-50 2021 pricing and spec detailed: Isuzu D-Max twin sets sights on Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux

Powering the new Mazda BT-50 is a 140kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine sourced from Isuzu.

Mazda Australia has announced pricing for its hotly-anticipated dual-cab BT-50 pick-up, confirming it will sit upstream of its Isuzu D-Max twin under the skin.

Prices have only been revealed for dual-cab variants of the BT-50 landing in local showrooms from October though, with details and timing for single- and extra-cab body styles yet to be confirmed.

Kicking off the 4x2 dual-cab range at $44,090 before on-road costs is the XT Cab Chassis, while the XT Pickup and XTR Pickup are priced at $45,490 and $49,470 respectively – all equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

By comparison, the D-Max equivalents – called Crew Cab Chassis SX, Crew Cab Ute SX and Crew Cab Ute LS-U – are priced a little lower at $40,700, $41,900 and $48,900 respectively.

Meanwhile, 4x4 dual-cab BT-50s will open at $49,360 for the six-speed manual XT Cab Chassis, with the automatic priced $2500 upstream at $51,860.

The Pickup body style of the same 4x4 dual-cab XT is listed at $50,760 and $53,260 for the manual and automatic versions respectively.

XTR dual-cab Pickups are priced at $54,710 and $57,210 for manual and automatic, while the top-spec GT Pickup comes in at $56,990 and $59,990.

When stacked up to the D-Max counterparts, the 4x4 dual-cab BT-50 range is up to $4210 pricier, but it must be noted that the Mazda comes with some differing equipment (more on that below).

  • Mazda’s new BT-50 uses the same platform and engine as the Isuzu D-Max, but body panels and styling are mostly unique. Mazda’s new BT-50 uses the same platform and engine as the Isuzu D-Max, but body panels and styling are mostly unique.
  • The third-generation BT-50 will share its underpinnings with the Isuzu D-Max. The third-generation BT-50 will share its underpinnings with the Isuzu D-Max.
  • Under the bonnet of the BT-50 is a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, outputting 140kW/450Nm. Under the bonnet of the BT-50 is a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, outputting 140kW/450Nm.
  • The new BT-50 wears Mazda’s ‘Kodo’ design language, which means a unique front grille, bumper and headlights. The new BT-50 wears Mazda’s ‘Kodo’ design language, which means a unique front grille, bumper and headlights.
  • The tail-lights, wheels, and tail-gate are also unique Mazda components. The tail-lights, wheels, and tail-gate are also unique Mazda components.
  • Mazda is yet to confirm, but expect to see a full suite of body styles available on the new BT-50, including single cab, cab chassis and dual-cab versions. Mazda is yet to confirm, but expect to see a full suite of body styles available on the new BT-50, including single cab, cab chassis and dual-cab versions.
  • The BT-50 sports a large multimedia touchscreen system, complete with satellite navigation and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support. The BT-50 sports a large multimedia touchscreen system, complete with satellite navigation and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support.

Compared to the outgoing BT-50, the new workhorse rises in price by up to $3850, though the price difference does get smaller the higher up the model grade.

According to Mazda, the new-generation BT-50 – which switches its underpinnings from the Ford Ranger – boasts “around $3500 of added customer value across the range”.

Much of this is in the form of advanced – and standard – safety features such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors (Pickup body style only), reversing camera, traffic sign recognition and driver attention alert.

Automatic grades also score adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist, though the former is available to manual vehicles without automation.

Mazda’s new BT-50 is yet to be crash tested by ANCAP, but its D-Max twin was awarded a maximum five-star rating last week on tougher 2020 standards that mandates the inclusion of a front side-centre airbag and a solid top-tether anchoring point.

XT grades are also equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, power-adjustable mirrors, 4.2-inch driver display, black cloth trim, and a 7.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, digital radio and four-speaker sound system.

Stepping up to the XTR adds 18-inch wheels, LED front foglights and daytime running lights, side steps, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, auto-dimming rearview mirror (BT-50 exclusive), rear-seat armrest, keyless entry, and a larger 9.0-inch multimedia system with satellite navigation and six-speaker stereo.

Top-spec GT grades score chrome mirror caps, eight speakers, heated exterior mirrors, power-adjustable driver’s seat, front parking sensors and remote engine start (automatic only), as well as brown leather interior and heated front seats, which are not available on any grade of the D-Max.

Seven exterior colours are available.

All new Mazda BT-50s are powered by an Isuzu-sourced 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, matching the D-Max at 140kW/450Nm.

While these figures are down from the outgoing BT-50’s 147kW/470Nm figures (from Ford’s 3.2-litre turbo-diesel five-cylinder engine), fuel economy is improved, and now ranges from 7.7-8.0 litres per 100km depending on trim and transmission.

All dual-cab BT-50s boast a 3.5-tonne braked towing capacity, while payload exceeds one tonne.

Like all new Mazdas, the BT-50 comes with a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty with roadside assist.

The Isuzu D-Max however, comes with a six-year/150,000km assurance period.

2021 Mazda BT-50 4x2 dual-cab pricing before on-road costs

VariantTransmissionCost
XT Cab ChassisAutomatic$44,090
XT PickupAutomatic$45,490
XTR PickupAutomatic$49,470

2021 Mazda BT-50 4x4 dual-cab pricing before on-road costs

VariantTransmissionCost
XT Cab ChassisManual$49,360
XT Cab ChassisAutomatic$51,860
XT PickupManual$50,760
XT PickupAutomatic$53,260
XTR PickupManual$54,710
XTR PickupAutomatic$57,210
GT PickupManual$56,990
GT PickupAutomatic$59,990