Some considerable number of changes is expected to take place in the all-new 2018 Mazda BT-50, like a power-stacked engine, better driving performance and in-cab luxuries. Introduced in 2006 this line of pickup immediately proved to be a raging success among truck enthusiasts. With this 2018 model, the automakers will be letting out its 3rd generation of BT 50 model and expectation is great.
Speculations hold that the new 2018 Mazda BT- 50 will be sharing the same platform like Ford Ranger. Apart from this, it is likely to bring along a few more modifications as far as its specs are concerned. With completion like Volkswagen Amarok, Isuzu D-Max and Ford Ranger, expect Mazda to equip its pickup with a few stand-out specs to top the charts.
2018 Mazda BT-50: Engine specs
Things are still cloudy when discussing details about Mazda’s engine, however, there is ample anticipation that this new model will have the same turbo diesel powertrains.
- Base model will come with a 2.2 liter 4-cylinder turbo charged diesel engine. Matched with a 6-speed automatic gearbox this powertrain will produce 375 lb-ft torque and 148 HP.
- The second option is more power-packed powertrain with a 3.2 liter 5-cylinder turbo diesel engine. Power outputs of this engine are around 470 lb-ft torque @1750-2500 rpm and 197 HP @ 3000 rpm.
Its EPA ratings are expected to be somewhere around 19 mpg within city, 23 mpg on freeways and 21 mpg combined. The towing capacity of the new Mazda’s truck will be around 6,000 pounds.
Exterior and Interior
2018 Mazda BT-50 bears a playful theme as part of its over peripheral styling. Its frontal fascia puts out a quirky stance with its headlights having one of a kind design. Its chrome grille retains Mazda’s signature styling that includes a single horizontal slab. Interestingly its lower frontal bumper has a minimal approach which creates a high ground clearance (there’s no dedicated skid plate, though).
18-inch alloy wheels with sturdy all terrain tires will come as standard. Its side body wears subtle, smooth creases which are also a part of its overall aerodynamic approach.
Luxury and safety have been given ample importance by the makers of the new Mazda BT-50. Some of its appealing technological specs include HEMA off-road maps, 7 to 8 inch HD touch screen display along with new intuitive rotary controls.
Both, seats and steering wheel are arriving with the leather coverings. Over-all cabin accommodation room will also be bigger. Expect rear seats to fold to provide that extra in-cabin cargo space. The steering wheel will share controls to the audio, phone and also integrate shift paddles.
Price and release date
There is no official announcement from Mazda regarding new BT-50’s release date. However there are rumors that it might come out somewhere at the end of 2017 beginning of 2018. Its price will have to be somewhere around $20,000 – $30,000 in order to stay competitive at the market.