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It looks like the updated Mazda 2 isn’t the only thing that Bermaz introduced recently. Joining the B-segment hatch is the facelifted Mazda BT-50 pick-up truck, which first made its debut in Thailand, in July 2015.

Like before, the BT-50 is only offered as a double cab, with two turbodiesel engine options. The first is a 2.2 litre inline four-cylinder (MZ-CD 2.2) that develops 150 hp at 3,700 rpm and 374 Nm at 2,500 rpm. The mill doesn’t receive the same the power boost (158 hp and 385 Nm) as the facelifted Ford Ranger 2.2L (the BT-50 is based on the Ranger). As for the second engine choice, it is a 3.2 litre inline five-cylinder (MZ-CD 3.2) with 200 hp at 3,000 rpm and 470 Nm at 2,500 rpm.
Both engines feature commonrail direct injection as well as a variable geometry turbo. Additionally, four-wheel drive is standard on both the 2.2L and 3.2L variants. This time however, the six-speed manual transmission has been dropped for the 2.2L variant, which means the previous 2.2L Mid and High Spec will no longer be offered. Therefore, all BT-50s can only be had with a six-speed automatic.

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Regardless of powertrain choice, the BT-50 receives an update to its styling to ensure it remains close to the Kodo ethos. Therefore, the pick-up gains a new front grille, redesigned halogen headlamps (with auto on/off function), tail lamps and new-design 17-inch alloys shod in 265/65R17 tyres. A sport cover can be added on here as a cost option (RM3,480).

Inside, the changes are modest, with the truck retaining its familiar layout as before. A standard audio system (with Bluetooth, USB, CD and AUX) input handles your entertainment needs (with six speakers), while a dual zone automatic air-conditioning system keeps things cool. The seats here are still upholstered in fabric.

The major difference between the 3.2L and 2.2L is the inclusion of a reverse camera in the former (2.2L still has reverse sensors). As there isn’t a display screen on the dashboard, the reverse camera’s image is displayed on the rearview mirror, which also features auto-dimming. Beyond that, there are slight differences in trimming on the 3.2L.

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Safety-wise, the BT-50 continues on with two airbags, as well as four-wheel ABS with EBD and BA as standard. Other safety equipment that is part of the safety suite include Hill Descent Control, Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control System.

With the more streamlined BT-50 range, the 2.2L variant will set you back RM105,477.70, while the 3.2L is priced at RM116,836.10. Compared to the pre-facelift model, this represents an increase of RM13,600 for both variants. The prices quoted here are on-the-road without insurance, and includes a three-year warranty (100,000 km).

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