Forget everything you know about the pick-up world. The Mazda BT-50 is not just a pick-up truck but a workhorse in motion. With its rugged and stylish look, the Mazda BT-50 is your perfect partner for today’s vigorous lifestyle. A ‘beast’ both on-road and off-road, the Mazda BT-50 will take you anywhere without fuss. Distributed by the Cooper Motor Corporation, the Mazda BT-50 comes in three models i.e. 2.2L Mid, 2.2L High and 3.2L High.
Design and Performance
The Mazda BT-50 gives off an aura of chiseled and muscular strength. Built with a rigid ladder frame chassis, the Mazda BT-50 takes on
the toughest challenges with effortless grunt. Its front wishbone
suspension and rear leaf suspension cushion the car both on and off road.
Mazda BT-50 also comes with a high tensile steel and durable body that keeps the
overall weight down. The suspension and features like hill decent
control, the rear locking differential and low-reduction gearing
ensure it can conquer tricky terrain. According to Patrick Kajuma, the Brand Manager Mazda, the Mazda BT-50 is the only vehicle whose ground clearance is 237mm. “It’s well raised and balanced (Gross vehicle weight-2050kgs) to go through the bumpy and rugged roads of Uganda,” Kajuma explains adding that the 17-inch aluminum wheels with machined surfaces and gunmetal paint-work breath strength and stability in the Mazda Bt-50.
Style and Comfort
The Mazda BT-50 was designed with meticulous attention to detail to give a satisfying feel of quality. The asymmetric layout gives the front passenger a spacious and comfortable area similar to a passenger car while the driver enjoys the snug, sporty wraparound driving environment. The interior is further chrome-plated with a satin finish that adds a dash of quality and class.
The spacious cabin offers plenty of room to carry family and friends in relaxing comfort and there is enormous load capacity making Mazda BT-50 the perfect partner for both leisure and work. The seats are designed for comfort and fatigue-free driving, with the front seats offering greater adjustability. The Mazda BT-50 boasts of a 3.5-inch monochrome super-twisted nematic Multi-Function Display at the top of the centre stack to confirm audio operations.
Kajuma further explains that the Mazda BT-50 uses advanced common-rail direct injection to squeeze more power from less fuel. It is fitted with a lag reducing turbo charger, the 2.2L engine pumpsout power of 110KW and 375Nm of torque.
“A litre of fuel will take you for 14Kms at an average speed of 100-120km/hr. This means that the Mazda BT-50 produces much power of 110kw/150hp@3700rpm and consumes less fuel. Thus, at a displacement of 2200cc, the vehicle uses less fuel to produce much power hence no vehicle can be compared to Mazda BT-50. Other vehicle displacements will be 2500cc and above but with less power of 75-100kw,” Kajuma said.
The Mazda BT-50 carries a five-cylinder engine that beats most pick-up trucks when it comes to power and torque outputs. It features low-range and high range 4WD, along with a rear differential lock and hill descent control features.
The BT-50 features a 3.5-tonne towing capacity and a 1084kg payload, including passengers. The Mazda BT-50 offers one of the strongest engines in the ute market, a 3.2 litre, five-cylinder turbo-diesel that is quite fuel-efficient. Stability control is standard, as are head-protecting side-curtain airbags for rear passengers.
Just as impressive off-road, the powerful engine of the Mazda BT-50 provides all the grunt and brute strength required to cement this capable car’s excellent reputation for handling rough roads and deeply rutted tracks. Add to this outstanding traction control, and you have a vehicle that is more than capable of conquering steep inclines to reach the top of challenging grades.
The Mazda BT-50 is designed with a safety kit to protect you and your loved ones. The pick-up truck is fitted with six airbags (dual front, front side, full length curtain), anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, electronic stability and traction control with roll stability control and Trailer Sway Control (TSC), front seatbelts with load limiters. The TSC adjusts braking and torque to correct any side-to side swinging movement of towed loads. Other safety technologies include high-performance auto on/off headlamps, rain sensing wipers and a self-dimming rear view mirror.
Service Unlike most cars whose service is done at 5,000kms, the Mazda BT-50 won’t need any service until it has covered up to 7,500kms. This means that the owner will save a lot on service costs. “Mazda also allows you plan your journey well since the fuel gauge will show you the mileage that will be covered by the remaining fuel you have hence avoiding embarrassments on the road.” Kajuma noted.