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Mazda’s long-term partnership with Toyota could see the next-generation BT-50 share its platform with the eighth-generation Hilux. However, the result of such a collaboration has yet to be visualised, until now. Thanks to rendering ace Theophilus Chin, we now have rough idea what a Hilux-based BT-50 might look like.

As you can see, the Hilux serves as a starting point, to which Theo adds some Kodo design elements by adopting the front-end of the all-new Mazda CX-9 that was recently unveiled at the 2015 LA Auto Show. The Hilux’s high-rise grille is now replaced with that from the seven-seater SUV, along with its lower chrome element and slim headlights linked to it.

The lower fascia ditches its original trapezoidal-shaped intake. In its place is the lower apron from the CX-9, raised a little to make room for the intake, probably for the intercooler. The space created by this is filled with a pair of fog lamps. All this gives the BT-50 a very macho look, complete with a “moustache” to match.

Other features seen in the render include black-painted surrounds on the wheel arches and new wing mirrors as well. The side protection bar or sidestep has also been omitted, along with the chromed door handles (and mirrors) as well.

The current Mazda BT-50, which is based on the Ford Ranger T6, has recently undergone a facelift for the 2016 model year. This reimagining of the truck is certainly a radical departure from its current looks. What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below.

GALLERY: Current Mazda BT-50 facelift based on Ford Ranger