At a business performance presentation for the ASEAN region in Japan today, Mazda’s executive officer for growing markets Hiroshi Inoue has revealed a few key facts on the company’s recently-inked commercial vehicle parnership with Isuzu.

Firstly, he confirmed that the deal would include a jointly-developed pick-up truck to replace the current BT-50, meaning that Mazda’s one-tonne offering would move away from sharing a platform with the T6 Ford Ranger to being based on the next-generation Isuzu D-Max.

Inoue added that the Mazda and Isuzu models would be differentiated in a similar manner to the existing BT-50 and Ranger, which boast unique exterior body panels and dashboards.

Additionally, Inoue said that the next Mazda pick-up will not be built at the AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) plant in Rayong, where the BT-50 is being built alongside the Ranger. Instead, it will be produced together with the D-Max at one of Isuzu’s facilities in Thailand.

As a result, Mazda’s capacity at AAT – which it shares 50/50 with Ford – would be dedicated exclusively to passenger vehicles in order to free up much-needed production capacity due to growing demand.

Responding to a question regarding plans for a pick-up-based SUV like the Isuzu MU-X, Inoue said that there were no such plans at the moment, as demand for such vehicles is limited to markets like Thailand, Philippines and certain African countries.

Inoue also said that there was a much bigger demand for vehicles like the CX-5, which is more suitable to more markets, adding that the company had previously discussed with Ford to have an Everest-based SUV, before it decided that focusing on the development of the CX-5 was a better solution.