A new render image of the upcoming Mazda BT-50 was shared online via Australian car media, Car Advice. According to the report, the upcoming Mazda BT-50 will be based on the new Isuzu D-MAX platform which was supposed to launch this July 2020 but may have been postponed due to the COVID-19 issue.
Mazda's current design language, KODO Design, is seen all over the All-new Mazda BT-50. Although there were no images on the rear part of the vehicle, it is said to feature a circular LED light on its back similar to the current Mazda models.
The upcoming Mazda BT-50 is expected to share the same dimension as with the new Isuzu D-MAX. Under the hood, it is still unknown what specifications the SEA market will get, but for Australia, the vehicle is expected to pack a 3.0L diesel engine with an output of 190hp and 450Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. A 4-wheel drive variant is also expected featuring the same Diff lock system available on the Isuzu D-MAX.
As a refresher, the current Mazda BT-50 is based on the Ford Ranger. Mazda and Ford have been in a partnership in building compact pickups since 1972. Sadly, the 48-year partnership has come to an end with Mazda switching to Isuzu-made pickups instead of Ford.
The current Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger are manufactured in a jointly owned Factory in Thailand. But with Mazda backing out from the partnership, Ford is expected to own the title for ownership once Mazda starts sourcing its new pickup from Isuzu's factory in Thailand.