All-new 2011 Mazda BT-50 ute unveiled at Aussie Motor Show

All-new 2011 Mazda BT-50 ute unveiled at Aussie Motor Show

The Australian International Motor Show has had its first major unveiling with the all-new 2011 Mazda BT-50 dual-cab revealed. The new-gen BT50 comes carrying high hopes from Mazda that it will increase its ute market share both here in NZ and across the ditch.

Designed by Ryo Yanagisawa, the 2011 BT-50’s styling is a significant departure from the current model BT-50 and wears plenty of the company’s ‘Nagare’ design language. There’s no doubt its a striking-looking machine and will align the BT-50 closer to Mazda’s passenger vehicles.

Pumped front guards, almond-shaped rear lamp clusters and the five-pointed grille are all elements shared with the Mazda range, and while it’s unusual to see such elaborate styling on a working ute, the BT-50 certainly has road presence.

Dimensions have increased on the new BT-50 with growth in almost every dimension, with the larger dual-cab having noticeably more width.

Inside, cabin appointments have continued to become more car-like and less spartan while rear seat room is more generous.

Exact features and specifications haven’t been released but the pre-production show car is equipped with dual-zone climate control and curtain airbags.

The suspension set-up consists of double A-arms at the front and a leaf-sprung live rear axle, with disc brakes at the front and drums out back.

No word yet on what will be under the bonnet but expect the BT-50 range to continue with a diesel-only engine range. Engines will likely be shared with the 2011 Ford Ranger.

Mazda Australia expects to see the BT-50 buyer profile shift with the new model from older tradesmen and farmers to younger family men who use their utes for both work and play. These buyers currently favour the dual-cab Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton.

Production of the new BT-50 will begin in Thailand from June of next year, so expect a NZ launch in the fourth-quarter of 2011.

Is the new BT-50 on track to be a sales success here in NZ or is it just too damn fancy to appeal to Kiwi blokes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Check out more images in the gallery.

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