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Mazda BT-50 gets an extra touch of class

Published Feb 9, 2017


Johannesburg - Mazda’s ‘Kodo design’ BT-50, released in South Africa in 2012 with SUV-like styling and features, was unashamedly aimed at the leisure market.

Now a mild but carefully focused facelift has pushed the BT-50 even further away from its workhorse roots with a new front treatment, redesigned side steps and tail-light clusters, and 17 inch alloys. There’s also an automatic transmission option for the 2.2-litre doublecab for the first time.

The cabin has been updated with a raft of new features, including Bluetooth connectivity, a multifunction steering wheel and, as you move up the model ladder, a rear-view camera, an auto-dimming mirror and power adjustment for the driver’s seat.

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What it’s got…

The BT-50 double cab range now starts with the new 2.2 SLX, boasting power front windows, fabric upholstery, cruise control, aircon, Bluetooth, radio/CD with USB and auxiliary inputs, and 16 inch alloys.

Its 2.2-litre turbodiesel four is rated, as before, for 110kW at 3700rpm and 375Nm, driving the rear wheels via a six-speed manual ‘box and locking rear differential.

The 2.2 SLE adds to that 17 inch rims, leather seats, his-and-hers auto aircon, auto headlights and wipers, an auto-dimming mirror, a power-adjusted driver’s seat with electric lumbar support adjustment, rear parking sensors with a reversing camera and - for an extra R20 000 - a six-speed automatic transmission.

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The flagship 3.2-litre turbodiesel SLE 4x4 has 147kW at 3000rpm and 470Nm on tap and, in addition to all-wheel drive, comes with with either manual or auto transmission, load adaptive control, trailer sway mitigation, roll-over mitigation, hill hold and hill descent control.

What it costs

2.2 SLX double cab - R441 600

2.2 SLE double cab - R477 700

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2.2 SLE double cab AT - R497 700

3.2 SLE double cab 4x4 - R541 700

3.2 SLE double cab 4x4 AT - R555 700

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These prices now include the same aftercare package as Mazda passenger cars enjoy: a three-year unlimited distance warranty, a three-year service plan and three-years’ roadside assistance.

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