Mazda’s all-new BT50 and Ford’s all-new Ranger are the star new utes scheduled for Australian launch this year.
Mazda has confirmed the good-looking new BT50 will enjoy plenty of performance thanks to two new diesel engines.
The headline act is a new 3.2-litre, five-cylinder turbo-diesel. Mazda says the newcomer will deliver 147kW/470Nm – 28 per cent and 24 per cent better than the current BT50’s 3.0-litre powerplant.
As a result, towing capacity will be boosted by 350kgs to a massive 3,350kgs.
Driving through new six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, Mazda’s new, more powerful, five-cylinder turbo-diesel runs high-pressure injection to ensure smooth, refined performance and fuel consumption lower than the existing BT50.
Replacing the current 2.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel powerplant will be Mazda’s MZ-CD 2.2-litre diesel, good for 14 per cent more torque and five per cent more power at 110kW/375Nm.
Fuel consumption will also be improved and towing capacity lifted to 2,500kgs.