All-new 2021 Mazda BT-50 launched in Thailand with 14 variants!

CY Foong · Jan 21, 2021 04:30 PM

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

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