Though we are hearing various kinds of reports in these days, it looks like the new generation of the popular pickup will come in next few years, probably as 2020 Mazda BT-50. This model was heavily based on Ford Ranger so far, but this cooperation between two companies is close to its end. From the next generation, Mazda will work with Isuzu. More precisely, it will use design solutions of another famous mid-size truck, D-Max.
At the moment, there are two kinds of stories that circulate on the network. The first one suggests new Mazda BT-50 be a pretty much re-badged version of D-Max. The second scenario is about Mazda’s own styling while keeping Isuzu’s mechanics untouched. In both cases, there is also a chance to see Mazda’s new diesel engine under the hood. The new model should come in about a year or two.
2020 Mazda BT-50 Redesign
After years of the joint venture, Mazda will finish its cooperation with Ford. The first two generations of this truck were closely related to another famous truck, Ford Ranger. This time, Mazda will build its truck over D-Max. So far, we don’t know many details about the new model’s main characteristics.
Some reports suggest that the new 2020 Mazda BT-50 will be practically a re-badged version of the popular truck. We will see not only the same mechanics but also the same styling and interior design. The new model will be built on the same line as the new D-Max.
On the other side, many hope that Mazda will apply its beautiful design language on this truck too. The company is currently in a process of renewing the current lineup. There are many new models to come and all of them will adopt the brand’s newest design language, characterized by beautiful sleek shape, full of curvy lines. The new design language is based on recent Vision and Kai concepts and it represents the further development of the famous KODO design philosophy. In this case, the new 2020 Mazda BT-50 will look far more attractive and approachable, compared to Isuzu’s conservative approach. Of course, we will see Mazda’s new interior as well, which could even bring a bunch of new tech features in terms of safety and driver’s assist systems.
2020 Mazda BT-50 Engines
When it comes to engines, we expect new 2020 Mazda BT-50 to use the same units as D-Max. Most likely, this would probably mean two diesel units in the offer. One of them could be a 2.5-liter unit, which is good for about 160 horsepower and offers excellent efficiency and fuel economy. Another possibility is slightly bigger, 3.0-liter engine, which is characterized by slightly more power as well. It delivers around 175 horses. Besides these two units from Isuzu, we could also see something from Mazda’s lineup.
According to some rumors, there is a new diesel unit in the development, though details are still unknown. We could see the current 2.2-liter engine in the offer as well. Finally, some reports even suggest one gasoline engine in the lineup, which definitely makes sense.
2020 Mazda BT-50 Release Date and Price
It is still early to talk about some more precise release date, though several reports suggest new generation will be ready in about two years. In that case, we will see the new model probably as 2020 Mazda BT-50. Basically, it all depends on Isuzu and how long the process of redesigning D-Max will last.
When it comes to the price, we are pretty sure that the new model will go in a similar range as the current model. This would mean somewhere between 19.000 and 45.000 dollars, roughly, though the price could vary from market to market. Key competitors will be models like Toyota Hilux, Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi L200, Nissan Navara etc.