Mazda beefs-up BT-50 pick-up

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mazda's sole light commercial offering in the UK, the BT-50 pick-up has undergone a round of revisions which includes the introduction of a 3-litre double cab fitted with a five-speed automatic gearbox.

Tagged as 'Intrepid', the new model offers nine per cent more power (156hp) and a 15 per cent increase in torque (380Nm) compared to the existing 2.5-litre engine. It sports a leather interior, air conditioning, 6-CD autochanger, stainless steel rear bumper bar, branded scuff plates, a durable load bed liner and privacy glass for the rear side windows.

The existing line-up of 143hp 2.5-litre BT-50s — 4x2 and 4x4 single cab, and 4x4 double cab —have received a mild makeover with a new bonnet and grille to make the front-end look a bit beefier. There are also a few detail changes to the interior, but these do not include the replacement of the facia-mounted 'umbrella-type' handbrake lever unfortunately.

One useful addition, however, is the inclusion of a 3.5mm Aux socket for the MP3-compatible radio/CD player so that an iPod or the like can be plugged in.

On the Road commercial vehicle prices include 'Customer Savings' which run until 31 December 2008 and are £10,495 for the single cab 4x2, rising to £12,495 for the 4x4. The double cab TS will set you back £14,995, increasing to £15,995 for the TS2 which includes 6-CD autochanger, 16in alloy wheels, chrome grille and mirrors, front fog lamps and side step bars. The Range-topping new Intrepid is listed at £16,995. Prices exclude VAT, but include number plates, 12 months road fund licence and the first registration tax, sorry, fee.



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