Confirmed: NZ Mazda BT-50 pricing reveals a few surprises

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Words: Matthew Hansen
24 Nov 2020

Mazda New Zealand has revealed its full line-up and pricing for its all-new BT-50 ute, including a few surprises along the way.

At the new ute’s national launch, the firm announced that three trim levels will be offered in New Zealand; the GSX, GTX, and the flagship Limited. Each gets the same 140kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine; the same one that features in the BT-50’s Isuzu D-Max sibling — packing less punch than some rivals, but a flat torque curve underlined by peak twist’s arrival from just 1600rpm. All models are also exclusively paired to a six-speed automatic.

For the moment, no single-cab or freestyle-cab models will be offered in New Zealand, nor any manuals. This move is in part to do with Mazda’s pursuit of a five-star ANCAP safety rating (a feat nigh on impossible to achieve with anything other than a double-cab following the firm’s more stringent 2020 revisions to testing). Mazda also notes that the commercial-based entry-level models don’t align with its core private-led buyer base.

Each of the three trim-levels will be offered in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, making for six models in total — one of the most condensed ute line-ups in New Zealand. The 2WD models start with the $47,490 GSX 2WD, with the 2WD $51,490 GTX and $53,995 Limited following.

Four-wheel drive models, meanwhile, kick off with the $54,490 GSX 4WD and $58,490 GTX. At the top of the tree is the 4WD Limited, priced at $60,990. It’s an impressive pricing set when compared to the segment-leading Hilux and Ranger, but particularly impressive when compared to the BT-50’s Isuzu sibling.

Isuzu D-Max pricing starts at $49,990 for the manual 2WD LX. The 2WD LS starts at $54,490, and the LSM and LS in 4WD trim start at $61,990 and $65,990, respectively. And then there’s the $75,490 X-Terrain flagship — some $15,000 pricier than its Mazda equivalent.

The GSX notably packs one of the most comprehensive safety suites, with front parking sensors being the only piece of optional kit. Everything else, from radar cruise control to the new far-side airbag, emergency lane keeping, and turn assist systems (the latter prevents the vehicle from turning across traffic in the event of a crash) vital for a five-star ANCAP safety rating, comes standard. Speaking at the launch, Mazda New Zealand managing director David Hodge said the all-new BT-50 is “as safe, if not safer, than any other new car on sale today.”

“It was once pretty much solely the vehicle for farmers, tradies and those in the construction industry,” he added. “While they are still a very important buying segment for the All-New Mazda BT-50, we wanted to create a truck that was equally capable of being a tough workhorse and also doing the business of transporting the family in comfort to outdoor leisure activities.

“A design that shines equally in all situations, all the way from rough off-road settings to passenger car-like comfort for active weekend life-stylers and families.”

Keep your eyes peeled for NZ Autocar's full launch report, online tomorrow.  

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