The greatest platform-sharing switch will happen in modern history

Updated Nov 13, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The Isuzu-Mazda tandem draws first blood, while the Ford-Volkswagen alliance is on the horizon.

Announcing the arrival of a new car model is par for the course in the automotive industry. After all, observers and consumers alike eagerly await the next wave just as soon as the hype over the current offerings has died down. 

Isuzu D-Max

Isuzu has drawn first blood with its next-generation D-Max

In that vein, the news that the next-generation Mazda BT-50, Ford Ranger, and Volkswagen Amarok pickups are coming should come as no surprise. It sounds like business as usual, in fact.

What’s astonishing about the news is that the new Mazda BT-50, which formerly shared its platform with the Ranger, will now be based on the new Isuzu D-Max. Meanwhile, the Ranger is expected to share its underpinnings with the Amarok, a result of a new engineering and architecture alliance forged between Ford and Volkswagen. 

Mazda BT-50

The replacement for the current Mazda BT-50 is coming in a few days

Ford and Mazda’s pickup partnership go back to the previous millennium, as the first iteration of the Ranger was based on Mazda’s B-Series in 1998. When the Japanese carmaker ditched the old platform in favor of the BT-50 in 2006, Ford promptly used the model for the second-generation Ranger, continuing the partnership.

Curiously, when Ford came up with its own T6 platform for the third-generation Ford Ranger in 2011, it was Mazda’s turn to adopt the chassis for the second-generation BT-50.

Four years later, the current Ranger was still using the platform when Ford sold off its remaining shares in Mazda, ending over three decades of partnership.

Ford Ranger

The next-generation Ford Ranger will share a common platform with the Volkswagen Amarok

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With both parties free to pursue their respective product development, Mazda formed a collaboration with fellow Japanese marque Isuzu for their next-generation pickup.

Meanwhile, Ford announced its team-up with Volkswagen in 2019 for the same reason, as well collaborating on autonomous mobility and electric vehicle technology.

All these have brought us to where things are right now: the new BT-50 is only days away from being revealed as of this writing, while the next-generation Ranger and Amarok (now sharing a common platform) are both anticipated for a 2022 release.

This represents a monumental change in the pickup class, and only time will tell if it was a sound business decision for all parties concerned.

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Know more about Ford Ranger 2021

Ford Ranger

The Ranger from pickup specialist Ford received numerous facets and practicality and is one of the long-running in the segment of pickup trucks. Still, it has changed a lot in recent years, with the latest iteration combining rugged good looks and off-road capability with a spacious cabin and numerous tech features.

The sport-themed oriented urban truck was intended for the buyer's active lifestyle. Hence, the Blue Oval Company's midsize pickup truck is also utilized as a lifestyle 'weekend' SUV aside from being just a pickup car. Its robust and multi-talented platform is common for both Ford Ranger and Everest, the latter is considered one of the leading SUVs in its respective segment.

Powering the Ford Ranger is either a 2.5-litre or 3.0-litre Dura TORQ TCDi diesel engines that supply high values of power and torque as well as better mileage. It also features enough room and additional space at the back for either business or personal purposes.

The double cabin pickup truck comes with on-road agility, together with its competent handling and reasonable off-roading capability with a 4x4 mechanism. Moreover, the midsize pickup truck features top-class safety features and competes with the types of Isuzu D-Max, Toyota Hilux, Chevrolet Colorado and, Mitsubishi Strada.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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