Mazda Australia has announced that production of the updated Mazda BT-50 dual-cab has commenced at the company’s manufacturing plant in Thailand. Mazda plans to introduce the facelifted model for the second half of 2015, starting with Thailand and Australia.
The current model BT-50 featured polarising love/hate styling, which drove some people over to their nearest Ford dealership to purchase the car’s twin sister, the Ford Ranger. Unfortunately for some, this newly facelifted model leaves most of the styling unchanged, apart from the new darkened headlights and the introduction of the same chrome ‘blade’ grille garnish featured on models like the Mazda6 and CX-5, to add a bit of Mazda’s “Kodo” design language to the BT-50. The rather bright looking chrome tail lights on the current model BT-50 will also be replaced with darkened cherry-red versions.
In addition, the interior has also been refined to give a higher-quality feel, and for the first time a rear-view camera has been added to the list of safety equipment available.
The powertrain and body-type line-up will remain unchanged from the current model.