It what appears to be the last hurrah for the current Mazda BT-50, a second facelift for the pick-up truck has just been introduced. Developed specifically by Mazda’s Australian division for sale Down Under, the new model features a tougher look and an increase in kit.

On the outside, the nip and tuck consists of a revised front fascia that provides the BT-50 with a “lower visual centre of gravity,” featuring squared-off corners, angular fog light surrounds and a trapezoidal centre air intake with an integrated skid plate and a three-dimensional insert.

Also fitted is a new grille with twin louvres, as seen on the latest CX-9 SUV. Higher-end XTR and GT models receive chrome grille louvres and a dark grey bumper insert, while the base XT makes do with a satin black grille and a black bumper insert.

On the inside, the BT-50 features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard across the range. No, Mazda Australia has not found a way to shoehorn the next-generation MZD Connect infotainment system into its Ford Ranger-based offering, but has instead fitted the truck with an Alpine double-DIN head unit with a seven-inch touchscreen, which has those features.

Interestingly, this makes the Australian BT-50 the only Mazda in the world currently sold with both smartphone integration technologies, beating the US-market 2018 Mazda 6 to market. A reverse camera will also become standard-fit, while the GT model adds a chrome sports bar with an integrated LED brake light, a heavy-duty bed liner, tailgate central locking and a 12-volt auxiliary power socket and a lamp in the bed.

Mazda has also increased the service interval on the BT-50 from 10,000 km/12 months to 15,000 km/12 months, which the company says would result in savings of more than AU$850 (RM2,500) over five years. With the average real-world BT-50 mileage of 25,000 km per year taken to account, this jumps to AU$1,920 (RM5,700) over the same period. Pricing of the new-look Mazda BT-50 starts at AU$28,990 (RM86,000).