These pick-ups are launching in Malaysia in 2021! BT-50, Ranger, Navara

CY Foong · Dec 6, 2020 02:00 PM

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For a very long time, the pick-up truck market has been dominated by the Toyota Hilux and it’s no wonder. As Top Gear once proved, the mighty Hilux is very much invincible.

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However, while the Hilux has been the default pick-up of choice (no doubt the same could be said about the updated facelift model), that doesn’t mean its competitors have backed down. Next year, there will be three new pick-up trucks to try and reduce the Hilux’s share in the market.

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Okay, it’s technically one brand-new truck with the other 2 being revamped facelifts. So, we’ll start with the newest truck on the block.

2021 Mazda BT-50

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The all-new 2021 Mazda BT-50 would be Mazda’s first new model to be introduced next year, according to the CEO of Bermaz Auto, Dato’ Francis Lee in an interview with BFM radio. The BT-50 is expected to arrive in Q1 2021, likely imported from Thailand.

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Unlike the previous BT-50, which looks peculiar, the all-new BT-50 sports a very elegant Kodo design look on the front.

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Another significant change in the all-new BT-50 is what’s under it. Mazda has decided to partner with Isuzu instead of Ford. Beneath that CX-9-looking exterior is the humble Isuzu D-Max.

This means we will be getting the rebadged D-Max ahead of the all-new one which will come to Malaysia in 2022.

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That being said, the Mazda BT-50 is essentially the D-Max in an expensive suit as the Mazda is clearly marketed to be more premium.

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It is powered by a 3.0-litre Ddi BluePower common-rail turbodiesel (190 PS/450 Nm) that is shared by the D-Max. So, it's definitely reliable.

We have put out more details on what to expect in the all-new BT-50 in our FAQ here.

2021 Ford Ranger

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Launched in Thailand last month, the good ol' Ford Ranger gets a new facelift which includes a power roller shutter and that’s it.

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While Thailand has a few variants for the facelifted Ranger, we can expect to see the facelifted Ranger Wildtrak, at least, launching in Malaysia next year.

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Visually, the Ranger facelift gains a few black trims around the evergreen pick-up truck including the grille, the roof racks, and the wheels.

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Mechanically, it retains the same 2.0-litre bi-turbo engine (213 PS/500 Nm) mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

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However, you would have to wait a little bit longer for the updated Ranger Raptor if you’re looking for some off-roading performance.

2021 Nissan Navara

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Just like the Ford Ranger, the Nissan Navara is an ageing dinosaur. While the Ranger facelift only gets a very minor change, the 2021 Nissan Navara facelift gets a modern makeover.

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This includes LED headlamps with DRLs and LED taillamps. Then, there’s the front which receives a new V-motion grille, albeit looking beefier.

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Adding on to the new Navara line-up is a new trim called PRO-4X which enhances the rugged looks to a T. This includes black colour trims, a black Nissan emblem, and black wheels.

Looks like Nissan has followed Ford with their black trims aesthetic.

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As we are looking at the facelift, the powertrain on the facelifted Navara is retained with a 2.3-litre twin-turbocharged engine (190 PS/450 Nm).

However, it remains to be seen whether this engine will come into Malaysia to replace the 2.5-litre single turbo unit which produces the same power output.

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Also retained is the rear multi-link coil suspension which should give it an advantage in passenger ride comfort compared to other pick-up trucks.

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Other improvements include a new steering wheel similar in design to the Almera, increased amounts of sound-deadening insulation, and a host of ADAS suite features including AEB, blind-spot warning, and lane departure warning.

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There you have it, the three pick-up amigos that will be launched in Malaysia in 2021. Will any of these make you change your mind in getting a Toyota Hilux?

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