The 2020 Mazda BT-50 will launch the new generation of the mid-size pickup truck. Ute, as they call it in Australia, is going into the new season with a lot of expectations. Cooperation between Mazda and Ford continues. So, the BT-50 can count on some features that class-leading Ranger pickup is offering. Also, the end of the partnership between Isuzu and GM lead to a closer relationship with the Japanese carmaker. So, we can see a lot of similarities between Mazda BT-50 and Isuzu D-Max next season.
The current generation of the trucks is almost ten years old. It also had one big facelift and it is time for the company to move on and launch the new series. With all partnerships, fans can expect big things from the 2020 Mazda BT-50. New chassis and drivetrains are possible. Mazda’s pickup truck will offer both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, the return to the US market is not likely to happen. Ford Ranger is already there, and BT-50 wouldn’t have too many chances against existing models in the major stage in the automotive world.
2020 Mazda BT-50 Powertrains, Specs
Well, the 2020 Mazda BT-50 will use only diesel engines. These units are big polluters, but they also offer much better fuel economy and towing capacity. Well, that is what we need the most from pickup trucks. So, the BT-50 is going to get power from a four-cylinder 2.2-liter unit as the main choice. This is Ford’s Duratorq engine that is capable to produce 155 hp. Ranger pickup is also used in some markets.
The other possibility is a 3.2-liter inline-four diesel plant. This one delivers more power. Total output is 190 hp. What is more important, this engine is tuned to meet requirements in the USA. There, it is available as Power Stroke drivetrain. A six-speed transmission is a power router and buyers will choose between automatic and manual gearbox.
2020 Mazda BT-50 Redesign
Changes on the new 2020 Mazda BT-50 will be more than significant. However, these won’t be surprising. The Japanese company will use the Kodo design language and the truck will get some shapes similar to SUVs and crossovers by the same carmaker. The existing BT-50 is not one of the most attractive trucks, but after the redesign, the look will be more eye-catching. The company will use more lightweight materials, but the pickup is not going to lose the balance. However, people in Mazda still have plenty of time to develop the new body.
What we can’t see in the US are pickups with chassis cab. Well, the 2020 Mazda BT-50 will use both truck and chassis configuration. Single Cab is an entry-level and Freestyle Cab is a mid-range model. However, both these setups are available only with a chassis structure. Pickup configuration has two versions – XT and XTR, both using Dual Cab. Whatsoever, fans of the chassis cab can also purchase its favorite layout with four-door configuration. Buyers can also choose between 4×2 and 4×4 drive modes.
2020 Mazda BT-50 Release Date, Still Not Planned for the USA
The new 2020 Mazda BT-50 will be again a star of the Australian market and a few other Pacific countries. The pickup is not coming back to the US, that is for sure. However, in future, Mazda could reconsider this decision. Lately, this market became more interesting to all truckmakers. So, we have a new Jeep Gladiator, while the FCA also plans to bring back Dodge Dakota. The possible return to the USA will be a question for chiefs at the auto show that will host the debut of the Mazda BT-50 2020 model later this year.
In Australian dollars, the new 2020 Mazda BT-50 will start at 24,000. It is around 17,500 USD for a chassis cab. Heavily loaded pickup trucks will cost two times more. An entry-level pickup will cost around 25,000 USD.