The Mazda BT-50 is the Japanese multinational automaker Mazda’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.
Mazda Philippines first introduced the BT-50 in 2006 together with the brand’s B series of pickup trucks. The nameplate was brought into the Philippine market in 2017 at the Manila Auto Show. At the same time, it came with a refreshed look and specifications upgraded from its previous generation. The current generation Mazda BT-50 comes in two transmission options and three drivetrain selections.
The BT-50 boasts of its strong and aggressive aesthetic that pickup trucks are known for. Its bold new front grille flanked with halogen headlamps gives it a more commanding presence. Halogen fog lamps come as standard as well. Chrome accents are applied on the front fascia and the side mirrors. To assist in getting in the car, the Mazda BT-50 comes with a side step.
It rides on 17” aluminum alloy wheels in dark silver with a machined finish to complete the aggressive yet premium look of the pickup truck. At the back is an open trunk that can load up to 1.1 tonne of cargo.
The Mazda BT-50’s cabin comes with seats upholstered in black authentic leather. Although the rest of the interior is straightforward and simple, chrome and leather accents are present in the door trim, steering wheel, and shift knob that add to the sophisticated ambiance inside.
As expected from the pickup truck that boasts of a 3,220mm wheelbase and 1,821mm height, provides plenty of legroom and headroom.
Technology & Safety Features
Mazda equipped the BT-50 with an extensive range of safety features that includes Electronic Automatic Dual-zone Temperature Control, Rear View Mirror with Auto Dimming and Rear View Camera Display Monitor, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Motion Detector Sensor Interior, Rear Parking Sensors, Rear View Camera, Cruise Control, High Mount Stop Lamp, and Hill Descent Control. All variants are also equipped with a Remote Keyless Entry System.
Meanwhile, entertainment features include the bare necessities. On the center of the dashboard is a Multi-function Display with USB, Aux-in, and Bluetooth hands free system. Audio comes out of a 6-speaker sound system.
Platform & Chassis
The four-door, double cab pickup truck is equipped with an Independent Double Wishbone front suspension and Rigid, Leaf Spring suspension at the rear. Stopping power comes from ventilated discs in front and drum brakes at the rear. The Mazda BT-50 utilizes a Hydraulic Brake System with Vacuum Servo Assistance.
Engine & Drivetrain
There are two engine types and three drivetrain options available for the Mazda BT-50. Starting with the base variant which is the 2.2L 4x2, it comes with a 2.2L Intercooled Turbo Diesel In-line 4-Cylinder DOHC, 16 Valves mated to a 6-Speed Manual Transmission with a 4x2 drive train that sends power to the rear wheels. The second variant is a 2.2L Intercooled Turbo Diesel In-line 4-Cylinder DOHC, 16 Valves paired with a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission. Like its MT counterpart, power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels. Both 4x2 drive train options produce 150 hp and 375 Nm of torque.
Meanwhile, the top-spec variant is powered by a 3.2L Intercooled Turbo Diesel In-line 5-Cylinder DOHC, 20 Valves mated to a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission that sends power to all wheels. It produces 200 hp engine and 470 Nm of torque.