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New Mazda bakkies here 'soon'

2007-06-18 10:50
The new Mazda BT-50 is soon to be launched in South Africa, with 115kW turbo diesel power.

Known previously as the Drifter the soon to be launched model will adopt the BT-50 nomenclature, paying homage to the brand's B-Series Truck heritage.

Sporty and athletic styling reflects adventure and a level of high quality that will clearly identify the Mazda BT-50 as the new generation pick-up truck built to satisfy active lifestyles.

The newly developed MZR-CD 3.0 direct-injection common-rail turbo diesel engine will join the already tried and tested 2.6-litre petrol and 2.5-litre turbo diesel units.

The potent 3.0-litre power plant produces 115kW at 3 200rpm and offers a torque peak of 380Nm at just 1 800rpm. In order to support the greater power and torque generated by the MZR-CD unit a new 5-speed manual transmission has been adopted.

Providing valuable peace of mind, the BT-50 will offer class leading safety. 4W-ABS and EBD systems, which help keep the vehicle under control at all times, regardless of the road or load conditions, will be available and, in addition to dual front airbags, some models will be available with new side airbags for head and chest protection.

The Mazda BT-50 will be officially launched in July 2007.


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