2016 Mazda BT-50 facelift

We’ve seen it through plenty of leaked photos, but this time it’s finally for real – the first official photo of the facelifted 2016 Mazda BT-50 has been revealed! Hiroshima has announced the start of production of the freshened Ford Ranger-based pick-up truck at the AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) plant in Rayong, with market introduction slated for the second half of the year starting in Thailand and Australia.

The updated styling is clear to see, with new grille and headlights that bring the truck closer in line to Mazda’s current Kodo aesthetic, as well as new Mazda 2-esque two-tone alloy wheels. There are also new tube-type side steps, seemingly going in the opposite direction to the also-facelifted Ford Ranger; the latter has switched to more conventional flat items that the BT-50 used to carry.

No images of the rear or the interior just yet, but previous patent image revealed redesigned tail light lenses, while we can expect the cabin to ditch the current Ford Sync-based infotainment system for the company’s latest MZD Connect item with a touchscreen and iDrive-like Commander Control knob.

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Other items of interest revealed includes the mention of a revised interior for a “higher-quality feel,” as well as the introduction of a rear-view camera. The engines and transmissions are unchanged, with no revisions akin to those seen on the facelifted Ranger mentioned – so the 150 PS/375 Nm 2.2 litre and 200 PS/470 Nm 3.2 litre turbodiesels as well as the six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes should carry over from before.

So guys, do you think this new truck can go head-to-head against the latest Toyota Hilux, the aforementioned facelifted Ranger, the recently-launched Mitsubishi Triton and the Nissan Navara NP300?