Automod-tech – More than a decade after Mazda discontinued its Ford Ranger-based B-Series trucks in the U.S.,” The “Zoom-Zoom” brand is making us eager to return to the American pickup market with the new BT-50.
The new BT-50 marks the company’s second complete redesign, replacing its predecessor’s Ford base with an Isuzu-based truck.
The mechanical drill. That’s right, just because Mazda stopped selling trucks in the U.S. doesn’t mean it stopped selling such models in other markets.
Take a look at Mazda’s pretty CX-9-like face and you’ll see what makes up the re-skinned Isuzu D-Max (here) (Never offered as such, it is no longer a brand imported to our shores).
Fortunately, thanks to Isuzu’s recent redesign of the D-Max, it’s nothing new for older trucks. As such, the Mazda should be relatively competitive.
The BT-50’s exterior design is clearly Mazda, but the truck’s cab mimics the Isuzu’s pedigree to a large extent. Yes, there are some special Mazda dashboards, but the main items (such as infotainment settings) seem to be taken from D-Max Stripped down. Also see : 6 Most Reliable Used SUV Cars
In other words, BT-50 buyers had better not expect this truck to have the latest Mazda telematics features, such as 3 seen in compact sedans and hatchbacks as well as the CX-30 crossover.
Mazda is largely silent on powertrain details, although it shares the Australian market with four-wheel drive and automatic transmission. The double cabin model (as illustrated above) will be offered with a 3.0 liter V-6 diesel engine and nearly 190 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque.
Expect Isuzu’s 1.9-liter diesel engine to find its way under the Mazda hood as well.
In any case, we don’t expect the latest Mazda truck to make its way into our market. It’s to blame for the onerous “chicken tax” it suffers because its production should take place outside the United States. “