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Mazda adds new bakkie models

2008-04-10 15:26
Mazda has added an extended-cab model, the Freestyle Cab, to its BT-50 line-up. At the same time Mazda is also launching a 2.6-litre low-spec model to the product range, which will be available in both single and double cab guise.

The Freestyle cab accommodates a driver and passenger in the front while the back seat area is designed exclusively for cargo use. Two removable utility boxes located in this area.

Its door system sees the front doors and rear access panels on both sides open from the centre to create an opening of 1 500mm in width. The rear access panels open to almost 90-degrees.

The handles for the rear access panels are designed such that they can only be operated when the front doors are open, preventing mistaken operation and making for a safer driving experience.

A single action tailgate lever makes opening and closing of the tailgate quick and simple. The sides and tailgate each feature a double-wall construction. The inner wall absorbs knocks from cargo, while protecting the appearance of the outer wall.

The BT-50 Freestyle Cab will be available in three derivatives:

  • BT-50 Freestyle Cab 2.5TDi 4x2 SLX
  • BT-50 Freestyle Cab 2.5TDi 4X4 SLX
  • BT-50 Freestyle Cab 3.0 CRDi 4x2 SLX

    The 2.5TDi produces 80 kW at 3 500 r/min and reaches 257 Nm at 2 000 r/min. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission that raises torque transmission capacity to cater to the torque produced by the engine.

    In 3.0-litre CRDi turbo diesel guise the power output is 115 kW at 3 200 r/min and torque peak is 380 Nm at just 1 800 r/min.

    New entry level line-up

    In addition to the Freestyle Cab introduction a range of 2.6-litre single and double cab models will be added to the existing BT-50 line-up as an entry level option.

    The 2.6-litre petrol engine produces 92 kW at 4 600 r/min with a maximum torque of 206 Nm at 3 500 r/min.

    Both 4x2 and 4x4 models will be available with buyers able to choose between a low spec model and safety pack models. The safety pack allows for the addition of dual front airbags and

    All manual 4x4 models throughout the BT-50 range come with the manual 4WD transfer case shift lever. Remote free wheel hub lock mechanisms are also standard.

    4x4 models employ a diff-lock at the rear wheels, which automatically adjusts drive power to maintain traction, even when one wheel wants to spin loosely in the mud or on rough surfaces with large potholes.

    They are also fitted with a large underbody protector and mesh barrier guard to protect the intercooler.

    The Mazda BT-50 Freestyle Cab and 2.6-litre petrol offers 10 000km service intervals and a four-year/120 000km Warranty. The MazdaMotion five-year/90 000 km service plan as well as three year roadside assistance comes as standard across all models.


    Single Cab

  • Mazda BT-50 2500TDi SLX 4x2: R215 300
  • Mazda BT-50 2.6i 4x2: R165 990
  • Mazda BT-50 2.6i 4x4: R199 990
  • Mazda BT-50 2.6i 4x4 (Safety): R209 990
  • Mazda BT-50 Drifter 3000CRDi SLX 4x2: R235 200

    Freestyle Cab

  • Mazda BT-50 2500TDi SLX 4x2: R229 990
  • Mazda BT-50 2500TDi SLX 4x4: R269 990
  • Mazda BT-50 3000CRDi SLX 4x2: R252 990

    Double Cab

  • Mazda BT-50 2500TDi SLE 4x2: R271 990
  • Mazda BT-50 2.6i 4x4 (Safety): R242 990
  • Mazda BT-50 2.6i SLE 4x2: R258 990
  • Mazda BT-50 3000CRDi SLE 4x2: R293 100
  • Mazda BT-50 3000CRDi SLE 4x2: Auto: R303 800
  • Mazda BT-50 3000CRDi SLE 4x4: R332 500

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