Mazda goes Big Time with bakkie

2012-08-07 11:37

Mazda reckons it’s got pretty close to car-like comfort with its latest BT-50 bakkies – something probably to be appreciated by the “lifestyle” market who’ll be buying them.

They were launched on the northern KZN this week and Wheels 24 is there right now doing things in the dunes but meanwhile here’s a glimpse of what the trucks are offering – and the prices.


Mazda is resting its BT-50 marketing appeal on:

• More space, comfort and versatility.
• Powerful engines.
• Comprehensive active and passive safety features.

Doreen Mashinini, Mazda’s marketing manager, believes: “The BT-50 offers stylish looks, a dynamic driving experience, tremendous functionality and advanced safety features.

“It’s designed to appeal to the young at heart with an active and adventurous lifestyle. The revolutionary design combined with greater cabin space, longer wheelbase and more engine power ensures all the comfort of a car with the versatility of a bakkie.”


There are three body types: double-cab, single-cab and something called “Freestyle cab”, each longer, wider and higher than the earlier BT-50 with real-world space not only for the front but also the rear passengers.

All Freestyle models except the 2.2 MZ-CD SLX High Ride 4x2 5 manual diesel (now there’s an excessive mouthful of a name!) and double-cabs have an MP3 compatible radio/CD with an auxiliary socket. A multifunction display with a black and grey display for SLE models, two-line display for SLX models except the 2.2 MZ-CD SLX High Ride 4x2 5 manual diesel (there we go again!) is at the top of the centre stack to confirm audio operations.

The engine line-up consists of 2.2 and 3.2 diesels and a 2.5-litre petrol with, variously, a five-speed manual or six-speed manual and auto transmissions. All-wheel drive units have 4x4 “shift on the fly”.


The four-cylinder, quad-valve MZ-CD 2.2 common-rail direct-injection engine is the mainstay of the range and comes in two power versions:  88kW/285Nm and 110kW/375Nm. The MZ-CD 3.2 can make 147kW/470Nm.

The 2.5 four-cylinder DOHC petrol engine is capable of 122kW/225Nm.

Front suspension on all models uses a double-wishbone layout with coil springs, the rear a rigid axle with leaf springs.

Mashinini adds: “Whether it's intended for recreational or business, the package offers more space and versatility.  The new styling will attract attention and the impressive levels of comfort and specification make the Mazda BT-50 a savvy choice.”

Service intervals are 15 000k, there’s a four-year or 120 000km warranty, a  five-year or 90 000km service plan and three years of roadside assistance.


Single Cab
Mazda BT-50 2.5 MZI SL LR 5MT 4x2 S/Cab Petrol - R190 330
Mazda BT-50 2.5 MZI SL LR 5MT 4x4 S/Cab Petrol - R228 070
Mazda BT-50 2.2 MZ-CD SL LR 5MT 4x2 S/Cab Diesel - R200 330
Mazda BT-50 2.2 MZ-CD (High Power) SLX 6MT 4x2 S/Cab Diesel - R266 020
Mazda BT-50 3.2 MZ-CD SLX 6MT 4x2 S/Cab Diesel - R306 920
Mazda BT-50 3.2 MZ-CD SLX 6MT 4x4 S/Cab - R354 200

Freestyle Cab
Mazda BT-50 2.2 MZ-CD SLX 5MT 4x2 F/Cab Diesel - R231 950
Mazda BT-50 2.2 (High Power) MZ-CD SLX 6MT 4x2 F/Cab Diesel - R286 420
Mazda BT-50 3.2 MZ-CD SLE 6MT 4x2 F/Cab Diesel - R351 650
Mazda BT-50 3.2 MZ-CD SLE 6AT 4x2 F/Cab Diesel - R362 970
Mazda BT-50 3.2 MZ-CD SLE 6MT 4x4 F/Cab Diesel - R398 970

Double Cab
Mazda BT-50 2.2 (High Power) MZ-CD SLX 6MT 4x2 D/Cab Diesel - R340 480
Mazda BT-50 2.2 (High Power) MZ-CD SLE 6MT 4x2 D/Cab Diesel - R372 760
Mazda BT-50 3.2 MZ-CD SLE 6MT 4x2 D/Cab Diesel - R403 560
Mazda BT-50 3.2 MZ-CD SLE 6AT 4x2 D/Cab Diesel - R414 890
Mazda BT-50 3.2 MZ-CD SLE 6MT 4x4 D/Cab Diesel - R450 890
Mazda BT-50 3.2 MZ-CD SLE 6AT 4x4 D/Cab Diesel - R462 210

Service Plan 2.5 Petrol (compulsory – five yr/90 000km) - R10 383
Service Plan 2.2 Diesel (compulsory – five yr/90 000km) - R10 212
Service Plan 3.2 Diesel (compulsory – five yr/90 000km) - R10 780
Aircon - R7 250
Aircon and slip - Rear axle R10 870

  • afrikeni - 2012-08-07 14:07

    I am convinced someone have told Madza recently that their brand is actually premium.Basic double cab starts at 351K without even an aircon. Eish, being poor is bad!

  • hendri.duplessis.35 - 2012-08-07 14:25

    This ugly bakkie makes Chinese bakkies look pretty!!

  • tatsee - 2012-08-07 15:00

    The heck???Cheapest new Ranger DC is R270k and most expensive new Ford Ranger is R456k.This in my opinion is a no brainer.Good Luck Mazda,you will most definitely need it!

  • nitha.ramkilawan - 2012-08-07 18:56

    Crazy prices good luck Mazda....I still prefer the Toyota or Isuzu

      stephan.bezuidenhout.7 - 2012-08-08 10:05

      Toyota or Isuzu? Both overrated, rather get the Ranger!

  • marius.burger.14 - 2012-08-08 07:44

    The thing is, the New BT50 is a huge success abroad and Mazda can't keep up with demand at this point. You have to compare the spec levels before you compare price. Mazda offers more on most models, if you spec the Ford and Mazda the same you will find the price is almost the same. You can also get the 3.2 4x4 in single cab, something that Ford doesn't offer. The pictures have never done justice to this Truck, I personally think it's the best looking Bakkie available in SA for it's purpose. This can be used as a workhorse, but remember, it's a lifestyle vehicle, and Mazda hit the nail right on the head there. Luckily tastes differ nè, or most would be driving BORING Toyota's!!

      tatsee - 2012-08-08 12:56

      I will bet my nuts the sales figures shall tell you otherwise.

  • herculesjansenvanvuuren - 2012-08-08 08:07

    If I have to choose (and hereby I mean, a gun being stuck to my head) between the new Ford Ranger and the Mazda BT, I will have to go with the Ford. This looks like a GWM on it's period.....

      stephan.bezuidenhout.7 - 2012-08-08 10:02

      Ranger best bakkie there is by far!!!

  • dintwe.mohutsioa - 2012-08-08 08:12

    everytime I see this bakkie I get the urge to puke seriously

  • cyrus.mongol - 2012-08-10 09:14

    “It’s designed to appeal to the young at heart ....." I suppose I must be old at heart now.

  • lourens.a.kloppers - 2012-08-12 12:14

    all the people that say Isuzu and Toyota are overrated are probably people that have never owned a bakkie.

      stephan.bezuidenhout.7 - 2012-08-13 15:38

      Actually yes, just the poor name of a Toyota that is making it sell. Poeple driving Toyota's are brainwashed and do not know better

  • derick.ellis.77 - 2012-08-16 23:07

    There is no way that someone with proper eyesight designed this vehicle! It looks like a Chinese rip off. It should be called a Bazda with that stupid front and the back looks like reflector stickers that some junior line jockey slammed on there!!! WOW this thing is high speed ugly!!!!!

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