2022 Mazda BT-50 pickup truck sports new turbo diesel engine and new trim level
Previously driven by a 3.0-liter turbo diesel made by Isuzu, the pickup is now available with a 1.9-liter turbo diesel. The base pick offers 110 kilowatts and 350 Nm of torque, numbers that translate into 148 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The newcomer is exclusive to the XS, the entry-level category, in conjunction with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Braked towing capacity is rated at 3,000 kilograms (6,614 pounds), which is good compared to competitors in the segment. The 3.0-liter mill pumps 140 kilowatts and 450 Nm (188 horsepower and 332 pound-feet) for a towing capacity of 3,500 kilograms (7,716 pounds). The larger plant, which is also a four-pot, comes with a manual or the aforementioned tranny.
Beyond the XS, the lineup includes the XT, XTR, GT, SP and Thunder. The SP, which doesn’t mean Smashing Pumpkins, is pretty much a GT with a few pops of black, glossy black, and dark gray. The SP sweetens the deal further with a glider bar, bed liner, rolling tonneau cover, and interior padding that mixes Driftwood leather and synthetic suede.
Scheduled to arrive at dealerships in Australia and New Zealand in January 2022, the updated pickup is available as a Single Cab Chassis, Open Cab Chassis, and Double Cab. The XS and XT share their list of standard equipment, with the exception of the wheels (steel vs alloy) and bumpers (plastic vs painted). It’s worth mentioning that even the steel-wheeled XS thrills Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with advanced driver assistance features.
On the other end of the spectrum, the top-of-the-line Thunder flexes a two-row Lightforce LED light bar, single-hoop steel brush guard, side steps, sports bar, 18-inch wheels in the finish. black and an electric tonneau cover.