Greater than a decade after Mazda pulled the plug on its Ford Ranger–based mostly B-Series truck in the USA, the “Zoom-Zoom” model is making us yearn for its return to the American pickup phase with the brand new BT-50. Marking the mannequin’s second full redesign, per the corporate, the brand new BT-50 trades its predecessor’s Ford underpinnings for Isuzu-based mechanical bits. That’s proper, simply because Mazda stopped promoting vans within the U.S. doesn’t imply it stopped promoting such fashions in different markets.
Look previous the Mazda’s fairly, CX-9-like face and you will discover what quantities to a re-skinned Isuzu D-Max—a mannequin that was by no means supplied right here, from a model not imported to our shores. Fortuitously, that is no new tackle an previous truck, as Isuzu lately redesigned the D-Max. As such, the Mazda ought to be comparatively aggressive out of the gate.
Whereas the outside design of the BT-50 is distinctly Mazda, the truck’s cabin largely mimics its Isuzu kin. Sure, there are some Mazda-specific dashboard items, however key objects, such because the infotainment setup, seem ripped proper out of the D-Max. In different phrases, BT-50 consumers higher not anticipate this truck to sport the most recent Mazda telematics as seen in automobiles such because the 3 compact sedan and hatchback and CX-30 crossover.
Mazda is basically mum on powertrain particulars, though it did share that Australian-market, double-cab fashions with four-wheel-drive and an computerized transmission—such because the one in these photographs—will supply a diesel 3.0-liter V-6 engine with virtually 190 horses and 332 lb-ft of torque. Count on the Isuzu’s 1.9-liter diesel engine to seek out its means underneath the Mazda’s hood, as properly.
Regardless, we don’t anticipate the most recent Mazda truck will discover its solution to our market. Blame the very fact its manufacturing is because of happen outdoors of the U.S., thereby making it topic to the onerous “chicken tax.”
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