New 2012 Mazda BT-50 4x4 Pick-up
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Mazda may have delayed the BT-50 UK launch, but it's business as usual in
Australia. The video starts with a typical in-yer-face Aussie advert and
continues into a really well-edited promo - enjoy. Videos courtesy of Mazda
Mazda BT 50 Double cab
Vidéo associé à l'essai du Mazda BT50 par l'équipe du magazine
Osons4x4mag dans le cadre du numéro 53. L'article de l'essai peut être lu
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Mazda BT 50 Review
The Mazda BT-50 ute is one of the most under-rated utes available today. It
deserves to be a lot more popular. Five-star ANCAP safety rating. Six-speed
transmissions - both auto and manual. Three-point five tonne tow capacity.
More than 450 Newton-metres. And more than a tonne of payload in the back.
Only three utes in the market today can actually tick each of those five
boxes, and the Mazda BT-50 is one of them.
You’d want all that, wouldn’t you? All that fundamental additional ute
goodness? Especially if it costs you less than a Hilux.
The Mazda BT-50 is a great ute. Safe. Capable. Comfortable. It’ll work
hard, and play hard as well. You could use the Mazda BT-50 ute as a daily
driver. If you’re part of that new ‘suit in a ute’ marketing
demographic, it’d look okay next to the boss’s BMW.
But can someone please explain who approved the design of the front end.
Someone Japanese, obviously. That’s my biggest problem with the Mazda
BT-50 ute. It's ugly. You don’t want to look, but you can’t tear your
It’s hard to bend your brain around the Mazda BT-50 ute range. It kicks
off at $25 grand for the runt of the litter, with an anorexic 2.2-litre
diesel engine. That’s only of interest to fleet buyers on the tightest of
budgets. Every other model variant in the Mazda BT-50 ute range gets the
crackingly strong 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel with 147 kilowatts and 470
Newton-metres. So, outstanding performance and great economy are a given
across the rest of the range. Acceleration is very impressive, both off the
mark, and while you’re overtaking. And the auto transmission integrates
beautifully with the 3.2.
There are three Mazda BT-50 body styles: single cab, ‘freestyle cab’ -
with a bit of extra space behind, and five-seat dual cab. Freestyle has
extra seats in the back, with suicide doors, but these have been formally
classified by the UN as a cruel and unusual punishment. In fact they were
developed by the CIA at Gitmo - for extreme cases where the thrash metal
music and waterboarding proved ineffective.
All body styles come in rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. There are
three equipment specification levels - XT, XTR and GT - but not all
equipment grades are available with all those cab configurations. And
there’s two transmissions - six-speed manual and six-speed auto.
There’s also a high-riding 2WD version of the Mazda BT-50 ute with extra
ground clearance called, intuitively enough, the 4X2 XT Hi-Rider. The range
tops out at the dual-cab 4WD GT auto costing early-to-mid $50s. So
there’s a Mazda BT-50 for everyone, but you have to navigate the
permutational Mazda model maze to find yours. Actually, Mazda’s website
makes that pretty easy.
All rounders don’t come much more capable. Here’s a ute - let’s take
the dual-cab Mazda BT-50 4WD GT as an example - you can shove more than
1000kg of payload on board. That’s five meat-eating westerners all
weighing 100 kilos, sitting in leather seats, with 500kg of payload in the
back. And, okay the middle seat’s not that practical - but show me the
middle seat that is, in any vehicle.
So, you can take clients to a building site in comparative luxury. At the
weekend, you can hook up a three-and-a-half-tonne boat. And on holidays,
you can stick the family on board, pack all their stuff and tow a boat, a
van, camper trailer, horse float. Whatever. The Mazda BT-50 ute has the
capacity to take more stuff than you need on any decent holiday - from a
weekend away to becoming a certified, Australia-circumnavigating grey
You can also successfully poke it at very challenging off-road terrain.
“Successfully” meaning you get where you wanted to go, and,
importantly, later on, you come back.
There aren’t many vehicles as broadly capable as that.