The 2018 Mazda BT-50 is rivalled by the Ford Ranger series and the Volkswagen’s Amarok. However the newer and better furnished Mazda BT-50 will be a great overhaul of the older versions. The launch of a third generation of this vehicle proves its dominance in the midsize pickup trucks range. However it is rumoured that the Mazda BT-50 2018 will not see a new facelift but will see an improvement in the engine, technology and comfort aspects of the vehicle.
2018 Mazda BT-50 – External Body Parts and Inner Cosmetic Changes
The exterior design of the 2018 Mazda BT-50 is reported to not change or have any major changeovers from the 2017 version. The 2018 version will sport dark themed front grille, optional mist lamps, the model will come with the latest technology of headlights, and the same is expected for the tail lamps. The model will retain its iconic curved front face. However the reports suggest that the styling changes will be minimal.
The interiors are expected to have a major overhaul of a new infotainment system, new dashboard design, and new software with smartphone integration and leather steering covers with hands-free controls. Like all Mazda vehicles comfort will not be compromised for technology, the seats will have newly developed upholstery and the safety aspects will be updated with modern features.
2018 Mazda BT-50 – Engine and Specs
The 2018 model is expected to see an upgrade in the transmission department with a higher gear included. The current model possesses a 6 speed manual or automat. It will be upgraded to an automatic with a higher gear. The engine specs are expected to remain the same with a 3.2 litre diesel five-cylinder turbo engine, generating 197hp and 470 Nm of torque.
The suspension is expected to be upgraded from the previous versions. The upgraded underpinning of the model will increase the comfort of the ride and also the towing capacity.
The 2018 model is expected to have similar dimensions to the immediate previous version. The dimensions are length 211.2; width 72.8; height 71.3; the wheelbase is expected to be at 126.8inches. Also, the maximum payload will be 2818lbs and the towing capacity (value may increase) is 7716 lbs. So, the total weight will be about 4449 lbs and it will have a loading area with a maximum area of about 72.7 inches length and 61.4 inches width.
2018 Mazda BT-50 – Price and Release Date
With the upgraded engine, suspension and technology aspects the 2018 Mazda BT-50 is expected to be comparatively higher in price. Also, the price is expected to be anywhere above $30,000.
In conclusion, the 2018 model is expected to take to the roads in the middle of 2017 or early 2018. With the 2017 model still creating interest, the next model will release only after a subsequent amount of days.
Finally, the 2018 Mazda BT-50 is expected to directly impact the sales of its rivals giving the Mazda brand a complete phase shift. And allowing the BT-50 model to survive and develop into further improved generations. The highly expected truck will be a great game changer.