The Mazda BT-50 is the Kodo Small Pickup You Can’t Buy

2016 Mazda BT 50 Front Three Quarter

The Mazda BT-50 small pickup truck has been refreshed for the 2016 model year, and it now wears an interpretation of the “Kodo” design language seen across Mazda‘s lineup. The first significant update to the second-generation Mazda BT-50 since 2011, the new truck has a dramatically new look but is mechanically unchanged. Mazda describes the BT-50 as an “active lifestyle vehicle,” and the refreshed model bears new front and rear fascias, new taillights, and new wheels. The nose and grille now more closely resemble other modern Mazdas that follow the brand’s “Kodo” style. The interior of the small pickup truck has also been updated with higher-quality materials, and added technology like a backup camera. Although powertrain choices vary by market, in Australia the Mazda BT-50 will continue to offer a 2.2-liter inline-four turbodiesel and a 3.2-liter inline-five turbodiesel. There are no plans currently to offer the Mazda BT-50 small pickup truck in the U.S. market. The pickup truck is based on the Ford Ranger (pictured in the gallery below), which also is not offered in the U.S. but is sold in Australia and much of southeast Asia. Although automakers like Hyundai, with its Santa Cruz concept, have explored the idea of bring much smaller trucks to the U.S. market, for now the smallest pickups on our shores are models like the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. The 2016 Mazda BT-50 goes on sale in Thailand and Australia later this year.

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