Mazda today confirmed a revamped BT-50 will be available in Australia this year.
The update, expected in October, will be mostly cosmetic, with the current model's styling proving unpopular with many Australians.
According to Mazda, the new model will have a 'sportier and more powerful presence' and will include a new front face, rear combination lamps and aluminium wheels.
The interior has also changed to give a ‘higher-quality feel’ and is expected to be in line with the recent update of its mechanical twin, the Ford Ranger.
A rear-view camera has been added to the list of safety equipment available on the BT-50.
The powertrain and body-type line-up of the new BT-50 won't change from the current model.
The current Mazda BT-50 XTR dual-cab (auto), which 4x4 Australia will test against three other new-gen utes in the September issue, has a 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel, 147kW of power at 3000rpm, and 470Nm of torque at 1750-2500rpm.
It also has a traditional dual-range part-time 4x4 system.
Debuting in late 2011, the current model shares little with the previous BT-50.
The original BT-50 was actually a Mazda. The current BT-50 was largely designed and developed by a global Ford team headquartered at Ford Australia.
Current model prices:
Mazda BT-50 XT (man) $44,240
Mazda BT-50 XT (auto) $46,240
Mazda BT-50 XTR (man) $48,890
Mazda BT-50 XTR (auto) $50,890
Mazda BT-50 GT (man) $51,140
Mazda BT-50 GT (auto) $53,140
*Dual-cab 4x4 pick-up models only; prices do not include on-road costs
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