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We drive Mazda’s updated MY22 BT-50 1.9-litre XS, 3.0-litre SP and XTR variants


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11 Feb 2022

MAZDA recently updated its popular TF-series BT-50 line-up by adding an Isuzu-sourced 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine to entry-grade XS variants and a well-equipped SP variant to the upper end of the range. 


Additionally, the XTR dual-cab is now available in the cab-chassis body style for the first time.


The MY22 upgrades are modest, but worthwhile. The range now caters to a broader customer base than before, but still appeals to existing agricultural, fleet, trade, and recreational buyers.


Seventeen BT-50 variants are now available with two engine offerings, two transmissions, three body styles, two body configurations, and the choice of two- and four-wheel drive offered across six trim grades. The 1.9-litre mill is paired exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission.


Prices begin at $33,650 (plus on-road costs) for the newly introduced 1.9-litre turbo-diesel XS single-cab chassis 4x2 and tops out with the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel Thunder dual-cab pick-up 4x4 at $70,990 (+ORCs), which rises $2000 on last year’s sticker price – see New Model article


The newly added 1.9-litre four-cylinder unit features dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) to produce 110kW at 3600rpm and 350Nm between 1800-2600rpm. Combined cycle fuel economy is rated at 6.7L/100km.


Maximum payload for XS variants (powered by the 1.9-litre turbo-diesel motor) is rated at 1380kg with maximum braked towing capacity listed at 3000kg.


The 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel offering remains unchanged. It also features DOHC and VGT to develop 140kW at 3600rpm and 450Nm between 1600-2600rpm. Combined cycle fuel consumption is listed at 7.7L/100km, while the braking towing capacity jumps to 3500kg.


Entry grade XS variants are now offered with the new 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine and in 4x2 or 4x4 configuration. 


Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, power windows and -folding wing mirrors, aircon, cloth trim, vinyl flooring, a 7.0-inch infotainment array with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity, DAB+ digital radio, as well as a rear-seat USB outlet. 


XS 4x4 derivatives additionally feature a locking rear differential.


Safety kit continues to include a reversing camera, eight airbags, adaptive cruise control (with Stop & Go functionality), AEB with turn assist, attention assist, auto high-beam, blind spot monitor, emergency lane keeping, hill start and descent control, lane-departure warning-prevention and -assist systems, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. 


XT variants include all the convenience and safety features listed for XS variants, but in combination with the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine.


On the third-tier XTR (and, in addition to those features listed for the XS), we find 18-inch alloys, power-folding wing mirrors, LED front fog lights, auto-levelling LED head- and daytime running lights, side steps, carpeted flooring, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, dual-zone climate control with rear-seat ventilation outlets, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror, keyless entry, native satellite navigation and a larger (9.0-inch) infotainment array.


GT variants feature chrome-capped wing mirrors with heating function, brown leather upholstery, eight-way electric driver’s seat adjustment, front seat heaters, remote engine start (auto only), and front parking sensors.


The newly introduced, and second-from-top SP derivative adds matte black 18-inch alloy wheels, a tub liner, roller tonneau cover, black and driftwood leather upholstery with synthetic suede highlights, gloss black grille, sail-plane sports bar, fender flares, plus colour-coded wing-mirror caps, door- and tailgate handles. The GT variant’s side steps and roof rails are finished in dark grey.


Finally, the top-shelf BT-50 Thunder receives 18-inch black alloy wheels, a black single-hoop bull bar, black alloy sports bar, black side steps, black fender flares, electric roller tonneau, Thunder decals, and a Lightforce 20-inch dual-row lightbar.

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