Mazda has released the first photos of the upcoming four-door BT-50 Freestyle world truck.
Freestyle is Mazda-speak for extended cab. It's a smaller cabin configuration than what we saw when the BT-50 debuted last October at the Australian International Auto Show with a full crew cab, but the polarizing swoopy styling remains as strong as ever.
The Mazda BT-50 is the sister truck to Ford's all-new Ranger global small pickup. Both were developed by a team led by Ford’s Australian engineering team, though Mazda had considerable input from the start.
You access the BT-50's seats via a wide pillar-less door opening with two standard doors in front and small reverse-opening doors in the rear, like most extended cab pickups have used in the U.S. for years.
Australia is expected to be the BT-50's largest market when it goes on sale by the end of the year. As is the case with the Ranger, there are no plans to bring the BT-50 to North America.