Mazda unveiled photos and some intriguing data today for its all-new compact pickup truck. The new model will be called the Mazda BT-50, and it will take the place of the current BT-50, which is sold in international markets like Australia and Thailand.
The new pickup is based on Ford’s next-generation global Ford Ranger — code named “T6” — that will be built on a single, shared platform. Like the international Ford Ranger, the BT-50 (shown above) is not expected to be sold in the U.S.
The new pickup finally adopts Mazda’s current design language, which, judging from the renderings, gives the model a sportier look than some might expect from a truck. Mazda calls the model an “active lifestyle vehicle” meant for families, workers and pleasure seekers. Mazda says the model will be fun to drive and will set a new direction for the pickup utility market.
The next-gen international Ford Ranger will be longer and wider than the current model and may include a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine and Ford's 3.0-liter Duratorq TDCi four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and be configured for left- and right-hand drive. The BT-50 may get some of the same treatment. We’ll know more on Oct. 15, when the model is unveiled at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show.