Mazda BT-50 Thunder edition comes with tougher looking exterior

Updated Sep 23, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The Thunder edition shows that the BT-50 can both be a sleek and tough-looking truck.  

Mazda Australia ramped up the range of the BT-50 pickup truck with the addition of the Thunder edition, the model’s new top-spec variant. It is installed with variant-exclusive features that make the third-gen version of the pickup truck look tougher while maintaining the sleek characteristics of the all-new Mazda BT-50. 

Mazda BT-50 Thunder front view

Mazda BT-50 Thunder

Perhaps the most noticeable Thunder edition feature is the blacked-out Steel Bullbar with Lightforce LED Light Bar at the front. This gives the Mazda BT-50 a proper off-road appeal. Also, the LED light bar can be used when the truck is used when trailing at night.

The Steel Bullbar is complemented by black side steps and fender flares, providing a more muscular finish to the design. To top the enhanced exterior look of the Thunder, the pickup truck is installed with blacked-out 18-inch alloy wheels that come with a 6-spoke design.

Mazda BT-50 Thunder front view

A tougher-looking truck from Mazda

Mazda Australia is offering seven color options for the BT-50 Thunder. These options include the following:

  • Concrete Gray Mica
  • Ice White
  • True Black Mica
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Gun Blue Mica
  • Rock Gray Mica
  • Red Volcano Mica

Powering the Mazda BT-50 is a 3.0-liter inline-4 turbodiesel engine that makes 188 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Furthermore, new to the Australian-spec BT-50 for the 2022 model is the addition of the 1.9-liter turbocharged diesel engine option which is acquired through the Japanese car brand’s partnership with Isuzu.

Mazda BT-50 Thunder rear view

This truck brings on the Thunder

With the tougher-looking Mazda BT-50 Thunder, the pickup truck battle in Australia should be an exciting segment to watch as it competes with the Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior, an exclusive trim from Nissan Australia. Indeed, pickup trucks are one of the popular types of vehicles in the Land Down Under.

The Mazda BT-50 Thunder starts at $65,900 (or around Php 2.4 million) for the 6-speed manual variant. To note, the Thunder is an exclusive trim in Australia. Meanwhile, Mazda has yet to introduce the all-new BT-50 in the Philippines.   

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Know more about Mazda BT-50 2021

Mazda BT-50

The third-generation Mazda BT-50 2022 is the latest pickup truck offering from the Japanese marque. It still remains to be a body-on-frame model, and it is based on the third-generation Isuzu D-max. 

For the Philippine market, the Mazda BT-50 for 2022 is available in three variants. These come with a price ranging from Php _ to Php _, with the BT-50 4x4 MT as the entry-level variant, and the BT-50 4x4 AT as the top-spec variant. 

Under the hood of the BT-50 is a 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX inline-4 turbodiesel engine. At maximum, it can produce up to 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. Available transmissions include a six-speed automatic and a five-speed manual. For drivetrains, only the top-spec variant comes with 4x4. 

Size-wise, the new BT-50 is 5,280mm long, 1,870mm wide, and 1,800mm in height. It also has a wheelbase of 3,125mm. 

Competing against the Mazda BT-50 in the Philippine market is the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Strada, Isuzu D-Max, Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger, Maxus T60, etc. 

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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