2016 Mazda BT-50 2.2 AT 1

Bermaz recently introduced the Mazda BT-50 facelift in Malaysia not too long ago, and here it is at a local showroom in Sunway Mentari. The updated pick-up truck first made its debut in Thailand last year, featuring new looks and some additional kit.

As mentioned before, the entire BT-50 range has been narrowed down to just two variants – 2.2AT and 3.2AT. The former is what you’re looking at here, which is powered by a 2.2 litre inline four-cylinder turbodiesel (MZ-CD 2.2), providing 150 hp at 3,700 rpm and 374 Nm at 2,500 rpm.

The 3.2AT gets 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 variants are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and come as standard with four-wheel drive (with on-the-fly switching).

Visual upgrades here are plain to see, starting with a new front grille that now has the Mazda logo positioned smack in the middle. The grille is flanked by redesigned halogen headlamps (with auto on/off function and bulb-type DRLs), tail lamps and new 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels wrapped with 265/65 tyres.

Not a whole lot has changed with the BT-50’s interior. Regardless of variant, the pick-up retains its familiar layout, standard audio system (with Bluetooth, USB, CD and AUX), six speakers, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning system, fabric seats, coil mats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

While the 2.2AT gets reverse sensors, the 3.2AT benefits from the addition of a reverse camera, with the video feed being sent to the rearview mirror (which has an auto-dimming function). Slight differences in trim, exclusive to the 3.2AT.

Safety-wise, the BT-50 retains its dual front airbags, as well as four-wheel ABS with EBD and BA as standard. Other safety equipment that is part of the safety suite includes Hill Descent Control, Dynamic Stability Control and a Traction Control System.

As for pricing, the 2.2AT goes for RM102,477, while the 3.2AT will set you back RM113,836. 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. An optional sport cover is offered for the pick-up, which will cost an additional RM3,480.

2016 Mazda BT-50 2.2AT