2021 Mazda BT-50 to launch as dual-cab only…for now

MotoFomo Mazda BT-50 revealed

The 2021 Mazda BT-50 will go on-sale in Australia from October and will be available, initially at least, only as a dual-cab.

Mazda has announced the 2021 BT-50 will go on-sale as a dual-cab only with additional body styles joining the lineup later. The all-new BT-50 which shares much of its underpinnings with the new Isuzu D-Max will go on-sale here from October.

Mazda will offer a choice of 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains, six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions and Dual Cab Chassis or Dual Cab Pickups for the new BT-50. There’ll be three variants at launch, XT, XTR and GT.

Under the bonnet will be the same engine that’s in the D-Max, a 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine making 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque. We’re expecting this engine to feel the same as it does in the D-Max, meaning it’s nice and refined (read: quieter than the old Isuzu 3.0L) and when paired with the six-speed automatic it should be smooth and offer decent engine braking when used in manual mode.

So, what will you get on the various model grades?

Mazda BT-50 XT Dual Cab Chassis and Pickup – Key Features:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • LED Headlamps with manual levelling
  • Power-adjustable body-coloured exterior mirrors
  • Black cloth seat trim
  • Air-conditioning
  • Power windows
  • Carpeted floors
  • Cruise Control (manual transmission)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go (automatic transmission)
  • 7-inch full-colour infotainment touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay (wireless and USB) and Android Auto (USB)
  • Bluetooth hands-free telephone and audio capability
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Reverse camera
  • Rear-seat USB charging point (Dual Cab Chassis and Pickup)
  • Airbags SRS (driver, front passenger, side, curtain, driver’s knee and driver’s far- side)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Attention Assist
  • Automatic High Beam (AHB)
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Emergency Lane Keeping (ELK) – Overtaking
  • Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
  • Hill Descent Control (HDC)
  • Hill Launch Assist (HLA)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Departure Prevention (LDP)
  • Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) (automatic transmission only)
  • Locking Rear Differential (LRD) – switchable on/off (4×4 models)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Roll Over Protection (ROP)
  • Secondary Collision Reduction
  • Speed Assist System
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Turn Assist

Mazda BT-50 XTR Dual Cab Pickup – Key Features (in addition to XT):

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Exterior mirrors with power folding function
  • LED Headlamps with auto levelling
  • LED front fog lamps
  • Side steps
  • LED signature daytime running lamps
  • Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning with rear vents
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob
  • Auto-dimming interior mirror
  • Rear seat with centre armrest
  • 9-inch full-colour infotainment touchscreen
  • Satellite navigation
  • Advanced keyless entry

Mazda BT-50 GT Dual Cab Pickup – Keay Features (in addition to XTR):

  • Chrome exterior mirrors with heating function
  • Brown leather seat trim
  • Driver’s seat with eight-way power adjustment
  • Heated front seats
  • Remote engine start (automatic transmission)
  • Front parking sensors

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Isaac Bober has been writing about cars and 4x4s for more than 20 years, has worked on some of the country's biggest motoring magazines (remember what they were?), and launched Practical Motoring. Now he's back, back again... to share dad jokes and much more.