The Mazda BT-50 has been given a facelift but when you consider the changes, and additional features found in the 2015 BT-50 it feels more like a complete makeover.
The 2015 BT-50 extends its credentials as an ‘Active Lifestyle Vehicle’ with a freshened design treatment; while maintaining its acclaimed practicality and performance.
Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director Mazda New Zealand said like anyone in business, ute buyers are looking to get real value for their dollar. The design changes and additional features of the BT-50 are great and when you combine that with the capped price servicing costs of only $200 per service and comprehensive factory warranty of 3 years or 150,000km (whichever occurs first) recognising the extra distance that business operators cover, this makes it a most compelling proposition for buyers.
“For tradespeople their BT-50 becomes their mobile office and just like office rental if you can reduce the overheads while at the same time offering them additional features/options it has to be good for business.
“When you also take into consideration the mix of design, driving performance, exceptional towing capacity and the very comfortable and highly functional cabin the 2015 Mazda BT-50 really ticks all the boxes.”
The 2015 BT-50 maintains its distinctive style but a restyling of the front face has resulted in a more aggressive and muscular appearance. The grille has been squared off and Mazda’s 6th generation signature wing has been adopted which extends into the headlamps horizontally from the lip of the bonnet. The headlamps also get the 6th generation treatment and the prominence of the indicator lamps reduced which further enhances the impression of strength and stability.
From side on thechanges to the grille provide the vehicle with a more powerful look. The garnish around the tail-lamps goesfrom chrome to black with lens colour changed from clear to deep red. The overall result is a BT-50 that looks more rugged compared to the outgoing model.
The interior cabin of the BT-50 is one of the best-looking, functional and most comfortable in the segment. Changes have been made to the seat trims and decoration panels have adopted a gunmetal colour resulting in a sturdier appearance.
The BT-50 is powered by a 5-cylinder 3.2L DOHC intercooled turbo diesel engine with 147kW power and 470Nm torque giving the new BT-50 class-leading braked towing capacity of 3,500kg. It’s available in 6 speed manual or 6 speed automatic (with manual mode) transmissions.
“I believe the Mazda designers have done a fantastic job in enhancing the look of the BT-50 along with other changes to deliver a vehicle that is great for on and off-road motoring with the all the comfort and features normally found in a passenger vehicle.
“When you take into consideration the pricing for the new BT-50 starts at $35,295 along with Mazda commercialcare the 2015 Mazda BT-50 really delivers a great ROI for vehicle buyers,” concluded Clearwater.
The 2015 BT-50 range features 2WD and 4WD options available in Single Cab, Freestyle Cab and Double Cab body styles in GLX, GLX Sport and GSX grades. There are seven exterior colours, Titanium Flash, True Red, Aluminium Metallic, Deep Crystal Blue, Blue Reflex, Cool White and Jet Black.
Every new BT-50 comes with Mazda commercialcare providing comprehensive cover with Fixed Price Servicing for 3 years or 100,000km (whichever occurs first) which means you only pay $200 (incl. GST) per service at scheduled service intervals every 6 months or 10,000km (whichever comes first) and all carried out by Mazda factory-trained Service Specialists using the latest is vehicle diagnostic equipment. As well as 3 years of Mazda On Call Roadside Assistance plus an industry leading 3 years or 150,000km (whichever occurs first) comprehensive Mazda Warranty at no extra cost.