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A thorough revamp of the B-series aims to build the Mazda truck’s ongoing popularity

7 Dec 2006

FASHION has hit the farmer-and-tradies set hard now that the Toyota HiLux and a growing number of stylish light trucks are on the scene. You’d expect a post Zoom-Zoom Mazda to be in the midst of it, but the BT-50 Bravo replacement is essentially a B-series with a massive makeover. Yet Mazda is claiming a host of improvements that it believes will appeal to the type of buyers who know what they really want from such a vehicle. Is the now diesel-only BT-50 just a case of an old truck in not-so-hip clothing, or is this yet another case of a Mazda with its finger on the pulse?
Model release date: 1 December 2006 to 1 July 2008

Previous model

Mazda B2500 Bravo

Released: Feb 1999
Ended: Nov 2006
Family Tree: BT-50

THE last turbo-diesel Bravo was really just a heavily revamped B-series from the late 1980s, but Mazda did well to keep its old workhorse relevant with competitive pricing, a pleasant interior and a strong, durable and reliable drivetrain and chassis. The 2.5-litre engine did struggle under a load despite offering 86kW of power and 280Nm of torque, while the five-speed manual gearbox wasn't the nicest on the market to use on an everyday basis. The Bravo was a workhorse and nothing more.

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