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New 2009 Mazda BT-50 - (Australia)

September 18th, 2008
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The revitalised Mazda BT-50 range will raise Mazda's reputation as one of the fastest growing brands in the light commercial segment.

Seven new models join the versatile Mazda BT-50 range, taking it out to 29 models across five drivetrains and three bodystyles.

Now, more than ever, there is a Mazda BT-50 for everyone.

Headline changes include a more comprehensive model range, mechanical and styling upgrades, and significant improvements to interior comfort and ergonomics.

Mazda BT-50 is also friendly to the environment. Two tough and torquey 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre turbodiesel manual drivetrains have a fuel economy rated at 8.3 and 9.2litres/100km respectively and are Euro IV compliant for minimal tailpipe emissions.

Mazda Managing Director Doug Dickson believes the new Mazda BT-50 builds on the qualities which saw the outgoing model emerge as a major force in the cut-throat working-ute market.

"The new BT-50's split personality is its greatest asset. It is equally adept as a weekday workhorse as it is a weekend family transport. That's sure to be a big hit with hard-working, hard-playing Australians."

Dickson sees a lot to like in the revitalised Mazda BT-50 line-up.

"Buyers will be attracted to the BT-50's rugged good looks, tough-as-nails reputation and robust, economical diesel engines.

"They will also appreciate the car-like interior which is comfortable, well-appointed and treats utility buyers like first-class citizens."

Mazda's revitalised BT-50 range starts from an affordable $23,295. All Mazda BT-50s come with a three-year or 100,000km (whichever should occur first) or two-year unlimited kilometre warranty for peace of mind. Metallic paint is a no cost option, as it is on all Mazda passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles.

Mazda Australia expects to sell about 10,000 Mazda BT-50s per annum.

Mazda BT-50 range: Something for Everyone

The revitalised Mazda BT-50 range is now more versatile and capable than ever of meeting the disparate needs of the 21st century Australian family. It brings an end to the dilemma facing many Australian working families of needing one car for work and one for the family.

The Mazda BT-50 can do it all. It features robust mechanicals designed to cater to the toughest workday demands; interior styling and refinements add a touch of class and comfort missing from many of its rivals.

Australians buy more Mazda BT-50s than any other country in the world. So, unlike its rivals which are built for overseas tastes, the BT-50 is designed to meet the discerning tastes and rugged requirements of Australians.

Mazda has bolstered the range of the new BT-50 with two new 4x2 models and five new 4x4 models. This means there are now 29 Mazda BT-50s for buyers to choose from.

Headline-upgrades across the range means there's a new Mazda BT-50 to suit most active lifestyles.

BT-50 comes in three body types — Single Cab, Freestyle Cab and Dual Cab — and in 4x2 or 4x4 configuration to ensure there's a Mazda BT-50 to suit its owner’s needs, whether in town or country, for business or for family pleasure.

Mazda BT-50 buyers have a choice of two advanced turbodiesel engines; a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder with 330Nm of torque on the entry-level BT-50, or a 3.0-litre, four-cylinder with 380Nm of torque on higher grade BT-50s.

Both employ a variable-geometry turbocharger and a large intercooler to ensure spirited acceleration. A Variable Swirl Control Valve (VSCV) combined with an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system, which incorporates a high-efficiency cooler, ensures both engines meet Euro Stage IV emissions compliance.

Proven 2.5-litre, 330Nm turbodiesel delivers 8.3L/100km economy

The affordable BT-50 DX 4x2 Single Cab Chassis is powered by a proven MZR-CD 2.5-litre DOHC 16-valve turbocharged diesel engine that drives the rear wheels.

This combination makes the BT-50 DX 4x2 robust, refined and very fuel efficient.

This 2.5-litre common-rail turbodiesel produces 105kW at 3,500rpm and 330Nm at 1,800rpm, making for smooth and relaxed driving in all situations.

The 4x2 Single Cab Chassis consumes just 8.3L/100km (ADR 81/01). Mated to the five-speed manual gearbox it can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 10.4 seconds.

Towing capacity is among the best in class, now with up to 3,000kg braked capacity depending on the transmission.

Tough 3.0-litre, 380Nm turbodiesel among best-in-class

The majority of the BT-50 range – 4x4 Single Cabs, Freestyle and Dual Cabs in both 4x2 and 4x4 specifications – feature a 3.0-litre common rail, DOHC 16-valve diesel engine.

This strong 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine develops 115kW at 3,200rpm and 380Nm at 1,800rpm.

Fuel economy is rated at just 9.2L/100km with manual transmission, and 10.4L/100km with the five-speed automatic.

Two new 4x2 models come in 3.0-litre Dual Cab Utility DX guise mated to a five-speed automatic, bringing an outhouse-flattening 380Nm of torque and effortless gear-changing to Mazda's most affordable BT-50 specification.

The new 4x4 models include a 3.0-litre Freestyle Cab Utility SDX with a five-speed automatic and a 3.0-litre Dual Cab Chassis DX with a five-speed manual transmission.

Maximum payload is 1,441kg and braked towing capacity is 3,000kg with manual transmission. The five-speed automatic can tow up to 2,500kg.

Two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive

Mazda's BT-50 range is available in 4x2 or 4x4 configuration. Two types of 4x4 systems are available – manual transmission with manual shift or automatic transmission with electric shift – with each offering fuss-free transfer between 4x2 and 4x4 modes and
go-anywhere performance.

Five-speed automatic available on select models throughout the range

The electronically-controlled, close-ratio five-speed automatic transmission features smooth shifting and delivers outstanding fuel economy at highway speeds.

This high-quality automatic transmission is available on Freestyle Cab Utility SDX and on Dual Cab Utility, from the more affordable DX model right through to the range-topping Dual Cab SDX 4x4 model.

Three bodystyles: Single Cab, Freestyle Cab and Dual Cab

Mazda BT-50 comes in three bodystyles, each specifically tailored to meet the diverse needs of utility buyers.

The Mazda BT-50 Single Cab has two doors and one row of seats in either a two-seat or three-seat configuration. The Mazda BT-50 Single Cab's optional tray is one of the longest in its class, measuring 2,400mm from the back of the cabin to the tailgate.

The BT-50 Single Cab tray has a payload of up to 1,449kg in 4x2 configuration or up to 1,441kg in 4x4 configuration, making it tough enough to do the really heavy work.

Mazda's innovative Freestyle Cab bodystyle features a rear-hinged rear door on both sides of the cabin which provides unfettered pillarless access to the second row of seats.

This Freestyle Cab bodystyle was introduced in 2006 and has proven so popular it has even been copied by Mazda BT-50 rivals.

Featuring the large door opening and easy access of Mazda's unique Freestyle Door System, the Freestyle Cab body accommodates two in the front and two in the back, with the back offering plenty of room for carrying precious belongings.

The front doors and rear access panels open from the centre in a design that uses no centre pillar to create a huge unobstructed opening of 1,500mm.

The Dual Cab body provides room for five occupants, two in the front and three in the back, making it ideal for family use or for moving small work teams between locations.

Passenger car interior delivers comfort and refinement

With a sedan-like atmosphere, helped by impressively low NVH levels, the Mazda
BT-50’s sophisticated interior is enough to make occupants forget they are in a vehicle intended primarily as a workhorse.

With its subdued two-tone colour scheme employing grey as the keynote colour and with silver-finish accents highlighting details, the interior creates a modern, clean ambience that speaks of high quality.

The instrument panel design features individual highlights echoing those used in Mazda passenger cars. Three large instrument dials are each framed by a stylish silver ring that instills a look of greater luxury for range-topping SDX models.

A modular CD-equipped audio unit fits cleanly within the centre stack, and is covered by a silver-faced panel that ties well with the clean look of the cockpit. Both the single-disc and six-disc systems are MP3 compatible.

All BT-50s now include an auxiliary audio jack to plug iPods or other personal audio players into the BT-50's quality audio system.

Keyless entry is standard on all models, making it easy to lock or unlock the doors (even when both hands are encumbered with boxes or bags).

Safety tailored to contrasting needs

The new Mazda BT-50 addresses the crucial area of safety by providing buyers with the ability to tailor the BT-50 to their intended application.

ABS anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is available on all but the entry-level Single Cab chassis 4x2 model, and standard on SDX models.

Dual front airbags and front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters are standard on all but the farmer-focused Single Cab 4x4 model. In this case the airbags are an option.

Front seatbelt height adjusters are standard on all Dual Cab models.

An airbag-compatible bullbar is offered on all 4x4 models.


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