Third-gen Mazda BT-50 teased before June 17 debut

Third-gen Mazda BT-50 teased before June 17 debut

Mazda has begun teasing the third-generation BT-50 pick-up truck, which will make its global debut on June 17, replacing its predecessor that has been around for nearly a decade.

The Japanese carmaker is being coy about the details for now, but we do know that the new BT-50 will be the product of a collaboration with Isuzu that was announced back in 2016. As such, Mazda’s upcoming pick-up truck will have a lot in common with the current D-Max, which was revealed back in October 2019.

Be that as it may, the BT-50 will not be a carbon copy for the D-Max, as Mazda will give its pick-up truck unique styling cues to differentiate the two models. The shadowy vehicle seen in the teaser doesn’t reveal a whole lot, so we’ll have to rely on Theophilus Chin’s handiwork (posted below) to get some idea of what the finished product might look like.

Third-gen Mazda BT-50 teased before June 17 debut

Aside from the shared platform, the BT-50 should get the same engine 1.9 litre and 3.0 litre four-cylinder turbodiesels already in use in the D-Max. In terms of output, the former RZ4E-TC mill makes 150 PS and 350 Nm of torque, while the larger 4JJ3-TCX 3.0 litre engine serves up 190 PS and 450 Nm of torque.

As the D-Max comes in a number of body styles – two-door single cab, four-door extended cab and four-door double cab – the BT-50 is expected to follow suit. We’ll only know the whole story when Mazda reveals its latest pick-up truck in a few days’ time, so stay tuned.

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