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NEW ON THE TARMAC: Meet the all-new Mazda BT-50

Mazda Southern Africa is pleased to announce the local launch of the all-new Mazda BT-50, the third model in a new generation of Mazda vehicles. 

The all-new Mazda BT-50 is fully redesigned from the ground up and units sold in South Africa will be produced in Thailand.

“We could not be prouder or more excited to launch the all-new BT-50 in Southern Africa now, says Craig Roberts, MD of Mazda Southern Africa. “The vehicle has a long history locally, and internationally. It has been re-imagined and re-built from the ground up, with all the utilitarian value of a double-cab bakkie, and all the comfort and technology expected of an SUV. We are confident it will be met with enthusiasm by our customers and media alike, as a true stand-out and another bold reflection on our Japanese Heritage,” he concluded.


Mazda’s Kodo – Soul of Motion design language is immediately evident right from the front of the vehicle with the prominent front grille and the 3-dimensional signature wing that extends out towards the side.

We could not be prouder or more excited to launch the all-new BT-50.

– Craig Roberts, MD of Mazda Southern Africa

The design of the headlights is distinct and sharp, taking in cues from Mazda’s SUV range. At first glance, the all-new BT-50 expresses unique power, toughness and appears ready for adventure for working purposes, while appealing to lifestyle customers with its unique design. 


The interior cabin space has been crafted to express Mazda’s commitment to human-centric design. Everything from the dashboard, steering wheel, seats, and center console has been redesigned to ensure that drivers feel connected to their vehicle and are as comfortable as possible. 

As with all Mazda models, the all-new BT-50 comes standard with a generous level of features, including MZD Connect Infotainment System with a 7 or 9-inch display screen, Apple Carplay™ and Android Auto™, Reverse camera, Parking sensors, LED headlamps, Hill Launch Assist, Hill Descent Control, Trailer Sway Mitigation, 7 airbags, Cruise Control to name a few. And with its bold stance, the all-new BT-50 will stand ready and proud on the showroom floor next to its Mazda siblings.


The model line-up consists of three derivatives – Active, Dynamic, and Individual, and has been aligned with that of our passenger car range. 

  1. The Active model features a new 1.9L diesel engine with an automatic or manual gearbox, producing 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque. 
  2. The Dynamic and Individual models feature the new 3.0L 6-speed automatic gearbox that produces 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque. 
  3. The Individual model is available with the 4×4 drivetrain, whereas all other models are available in the 4×2 drivetrain.


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