The Japanese company is growing. This used to be one of the most popular foreign carmakers in the US. Now, with the new crossover lineup, Mazda is restoring its old image. One of the biggest questions is about the 2021 Mazda BT-50 and its availability in North America. Well, this seems to be a big step for now.
The situation in the mid-size pickup truck segment is warming up. But, the company is still not capable of fighting against the most popular vehicles in the class. On the other hand, in Australia, where this pickup records the best sales, we see the partnership between Mazda and Ford. Being based on the same platform, the 2021 Mazda BT-50 could be surprisingly capable.
If the truck wants to check-in on the US soil, it will need new engines. Both current versions cannot meet EPA requirements for efficiency and emissions. Well, more companies are now using diesel powerplants in the mid-size segment, including Jeep Gladiator and Chevy Silverado. The new Ford Ranger Raptor could also get such unit.
Still, 2.2 and 3.2 displacements will be available when the new 2021 Mazda BT-50 appears. Reliable units are there right from the start in 2006. Now, updates could make them deliver more power. The lighter version is rumored to be the powertrain for the upcoming Ranger Raptor. It is producing 155 horsepower, but the US version could be tuned to create more juice.
A 3.2-liter unit will definitely produce extra power. In this case, the output reaches 190 hp. For example, Chevy Colorado is achieving 180 hp and 370 lb-ft, while the Jeep Gladiator is using a 3.0 turbodiesel with 250 hp and 450 lb-ft.
2021 Mazda BT-50 New Generation
One of the reasons why we believe the 2021 Mazda BT-50 will enter the US market is the new generation. The company is finishing a ten-year run of the second generation this season. Chiefs are mentioning the fresh model. We believe the upcoming changes will lead to the new generation and the huge facelift. Both interior and exterior will suffer a lot of modifications. The pickup could find some inspiration in its crossovers and SUVs, which are also very attractive.
Still, the truck will need numerous upgrades inside and outside. Fresh styling will require easier access to bed. The work mule, or ute, how they call trucks in Australia, must be more capable for off-road duties. Well, this is going to be a challenge for the Japanese carmaker.
2021 Mazda BT-50 Release Date
The truck entered the last year for the current generation. The new series is coming soon and the company will speed up the development to launch the pickup in the next few months. Well, the sales won’t start so soon and the production depends on the markets the vehicle is going to cover. Thailand and Australia are the best-selling countries. The ute is also being produced in South Africa, where dealers are achieving records in sales recently.