Following last month's media launch, the all-new 2021 Mazda BT-50 is launched publicly in Thailand and our northern neighbours are definitely spoiled when it comes to choosing a variant. Starting from THB 550,000 (RM 74,135), there are 14 variants of the Mazda pick-up available.
There is a reason why Mazda is offering so many variants for the Thai market with the pick-up truck market considered as the largest market in the land of smiles, capturing 50% of the automotive industry.
Mazda has been assembling pick-up trucks in Thailand for more than 20 years with the Fighter being the first model assembled there in 1998. However, unlike the Fighter and the previous generations of the BT-50, the all-new BT-50 is no longer shared with the Ford Ranger.
Instead, it’s based on the all-new Isuzu D-Max but injected with the beautiful Kodo design. While the D-Max is more on utility and durability, the all-new BT-50 is marketed more towards a premium and urban demographic with its design resembling its SUV line-up.
Inside, the all-new BT-50 also differs from the all-new D-Max with a dash that retains the Kodo identity as seen across Mazda’s line-up. Mazda also boasts that the interior uses fine quality materials.
Some features available on the all-new Thai-spec BT-50 include:
- 8-way power adjustable driver seat
- Dual-zone climate control
- Rear air-conditioner
- 8 speakers
- 9-inch infotainment screen
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support
This being a Mazda, the Hiroshima-based company also claims that the driving position is more driver-centred in accordance with the Human Machine Interface concept.
Two engine options are available on the all-new Thai-spec Mazda BT-50 which are a 3.0-litre common rail diesel engine (190 PS/450 Nm) and a 1.9-litre diesel engine (150 PS/350 Nm). Both engines are shared with the Isuzu D-Max.
These engines are mated to either a 6-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission. Both transmissions are mated to either a 4x4 or a 4x2 variant.
Speaking of variants, there are 3 body styles for Thai buyers to choose from which are the 2-door Standard Cab (STD), Freestyle Cab (FSC), and 4-door Double Cab (DBL).
In terms of safety, ABS, EBD, brake assist, and front dual airbags are available as standard. Meanwhile, the highest variants of the Thai-spec BT-50 include the following safety features:
- Stability control
- Traction control
- Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
- Hill Launch Assist (HLA)
- Hill Descent Control (HDC)
- Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring (ABSM)
- Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA)
- 6 airbags
- 8 parking sensors
- Rear camera
Meanwhile, the all-new Mazda BT-50 is set to debut in Malaysia in 2021 too. Though we will not be blessed with as many variants as Thailand since the pick-up market isn’t as strong here, we also do expect some delays with the BT-50’s Malaysian debut in light of MCO 2.0.
Special thanks to our sister site, Autofun TH, for the launch photos