In response to Ford packing the new Ranger with technology (particularly in the top spec models) Mazda has decided to take a completely different approach with the refreshed BT-50.
By simplifying the model range, dropping the pricey top-spec models and no longer trying to match the Ranger spec-for-spec, Mazda has a clear intention of taking the fight to the “second tier” of ute sales in New Zealand.
The most noticeable difference between the old and new models is the front end. Most of the chrome has been replaced by matt black, while the grille shape is far more horizontal and forward-thrusting.
For the new model year the BT-50 GLX now gets eight-way driver’s seat adjustment (including lumbar), a lockable tailgate on wellside models, a ladder rack (on wellside auto models) and an illuminated, lockable glovebox, while the GLX Sport also gets these, but adds new 17-inch alloy wheels and side steps.
The GSX gains an automatic day/night rearview mirror, an in-mirror reversing camera, satellite navigation, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers and a centre rear seat armrest.
While Ford recently made the locking diff standard across more models, Mazda has expanded on this by making the locking diff standard across all models, including 2WD models.
In terms of pricing the base 2WD GLX cab/chassis is unchanged at $35,295, some of the other GLX models increase slightly, but gain extra equipment that adds more than the value of the increase, while everything else drops between $500 and $2,300, leaving the automatic 4WD GSX Wellside toping the range at $57,295.