2021 Mazda BT-50 Old vs New: Spot the differences

Updated May 27, 2021 | Same topic: Old vs New: Spot the Differences

Let’s compare the old and the new BT-50 to see what has changed in the third-generation model.

After nine years, Mazda finally reveals the third-generation BT-50 pickup truck. And instead of being based on the Ford Ranger (T6), it now shares the same mechanical underpinnings with the third-generation Isuzu D-Max. So this begs the question; just how different is the new BT-50? 

2021 Mazda BT-50: The more stylish Isuzu D-Max – First Look

Mazda BT-50: The Kodo design language on a truck

At first glance, the 2021 Mazda BT-50 definitely gives off the contemporary Mazda vibe. That’s because despite being based on the D-Max, Mazda actually gave the BT-50 unique body panels, which exhibit the company’s Kodo design language.

As a result, the front end looks very much like the ones on the Mazda’s CX series vehicle lineup. The grille is now wider and more intricate looking, compared to the simpler single slat design found on the old BT-50. Another notable change is the pair of headlights which are now swept back, instead of upwards on the previous generation model.

And finally down below, the new Mazda pickup truck now features a more prominent bumper, which houses a set of rectangular fog lamps. There are however, things that remain the same, like the tasteful amount of chrome, and the creases on the hood, both of which provide a macho, yet dignified look for the truck.

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Old vs New Mazda BT-50 (front)

If one looks at the new BT-50 from the side, it’s also very evident that the new BT-50’s front end has a more horizontal orientation compared to the old one’s curved front fascia.

Further towards the doors, you’ll also notice that the new BT-50 has fewer character lines. Unlike other Mazda cars however, it does have a single crease running across the lower part of the doors.

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Old vs New Mazda BT-50 (side)

Towards the rear, the 2021 Mazda BT-50 now uses a pair of vertical tail light clusters, instead of the parallelogram shaped pair, which split into two whenever you opened the tailgate. We reckon that the new taillights were much simpler to implement, and it looks more modern looking too.

Mazda BT-50 old rearMazda BT-50 new rear

Old vs new Mazda BT-50 (rear)

Mazda BT-50: The more premium interior

Inside, the third-generation Mazda BT-50 has definitely grown up to be a more mature looking vehicle. It now favors soft surfaces, mostly covered in leather and fabric, instead of the old plasticky, utilitarian interior of the former model. The steering wheel is also like the sleeker ones found on contemporary Mazda models, and the aircon vents are now rectangular.

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Old vs New Mazda BT-50 (interior)

On the dash, the touchscreen head unit is also larger, and the center console now uses a better looking, horizontally arranged control cluster instead of the busy looking one on the old BT-50.

Overall, it’s a much more premium looking vehicle inside and out, which is of course in line with what Mazda is going for with their models. Fan of the older model? Here we have a selection of Mazda BT-50 2016 for sale at very competitive prices. 

It’s also pretty evident that with the new BT-50, Mazda is now in a better position to compete in the highly contested global midsize pickup truck market. We also can’t wait for Mazda Philippines to bring the new BT-50, which we think would make the local pickup truck wars even more interesting.  

For more details about the new Mazda BT-50, please keep reading here on Philkotse.com.

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Mazda BT-50

The Mazda BT-50 is the brand’s contender in the pickup truck segment of the Philippine automotive market. Its competitive price points across all of the nameplate’s variants make it a strong player among vehicles in its segment. Apart from gaining recognition in 2013 by bagging the Truck of the Year Award granted by the Car Awards Group Inc., it also offers a range of functional and versatile features that are evident from its drive performance. Among the extensive list of its safety features are a Remote Keyless Entry System, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear View Camera, Cruise Control, High Mount Stop Lamp, and Hill Descent Control. These key features deliver a comfortable and safe drive that also add to the vehicle’s performance on rough roads. The 4-door pickup truck is marketed in a total of three variants which are the 3.2L 4x4 AT, 2.2L 4x2 AT, and the 2.2L 4x2 MT. The top-spec variant is valued at P1,550,000 while the base variant comes with a P1,350,000 price tag.

From ₱1,350,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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