Mazda is entering the new era. After thirty years, the Japanese carmaker is parting ways with Ford. The new partner promises something special. Now, Mazda and Isuzu are joining forces for a bright future. The D-Max truck debuted earlier this year. The same platform will underpin the 2021 Mazda BT-50. According to the first reports, these trucks are ready to conquer the European market. New engines are there, and now we just need to wait until the premiere.
What’s more, the new platform for the Isuzu D-Max makes this vehicle tougher. You will be able to take it to the harshest terrains. The 2021 Mazda BT-50 will do the same thanks to the new technology and limited-slip differentials. One thing is sure – Mazda will deliver an attractive model, although the new generation of the D-Max is drawing attention as well. The ultimate goal is to bring BT-50 to the US. However, this is not likely to happen in 2021.
Since two trucks are sharing platforms, there is a possibility for the 2021 Mazda BT-50 to take the same engines as Isuzu. If this happens, the main source of power will be a 3.0-liter turbodiesel mill. It can produce 190 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. These are the average values for this class of pickups. Still, engineers need to make this one cleaner if they want to offer it to buyers in Europe.
Isuzu also announced a 1.9-liter bi-turbo engine for Old Continent. Well, we still don’t have any clues about its development or outputs. It must be more efficient than the new turbodiesel. Let’s not forget Mazda’s powerplants as well. For now, the pickup is using 2.2 and 3.2 displacements. The first one is cleaner, and a favorite to remain a part of the lineup. It is tuned to burst 150 hp and 280 lb-ft, while a 3.2-liter unit creates 200 ponies and 350 lb-ft.
2021 Mazda BT-50 Redesign
The new generation of the truck will debut soon. Mazda will apply the latest design language to make it more aggressive and attractive. The goal is to lure younger buyers. Well, if the Japanese company is well-known for something, that is the futuristic look of its vehicles. You can be sure that the red color will be the first option. Experts think both dual- and single-cab configurations are coming for the third generation.
Inside, Mazda will work on safety and infotainment. Higher trim levels are going to offer navigation, premium audio, and leather seats. More driver-aid options are also certain. Do not expect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto right at the base model. Still, without these features, the 2021 Mazda BT-50 can’t stand the chance against the competition.
2021 Mazda BT-50 Release Date
The new Isuzu D-Max is out in Asia. It will also debut in Europe soon. After that, we will see the third generation of the 2021 Mazda BT-50 at dealerships. Experts predict the release date for the first quarter of next season. The truck will have a tough job against Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, VW Amarok, Mitsubishi L200…