Besides the 2012 Ford Ranger, the 2010 Australian International Motor Show which takes place in Sydney also saw the introduction of the 2012 Mazda BT-50. The new vehicle which was developed as an "Active lifestyle vehicle”, and promises to show Mazda’s direction in the utility segment.
According to Mazda, the new vehicle is more comfortable comparing it to the current BT-50 model, it has refined and expressive styling, it has a high quality interior and offers a smoother ride.
The design of the car is completed by the five-point grille, as well as by the new headlights and the chrome crossbar which forms a large pentagon. The headlights have a bold boomerang shape, more elaborate details and a functional beauty. The rear design is completed by the horizontally stretched taillights, reaching around the corners and across the tailgate.
Designers at Mazda were able to bestow the 2012 Mazda BT-50 with an athletic and dynamic exterior without compromising strength and functionality. Moreover, the exterior of the 2012 Mazda BT-50 is overflowing with movement, thanks to crisp lines that provide it with a distinct appearance and elegance that could easily be recognized at first glance. It shed off the typical boxy characteristics of utility vehicles, and instead features wedge-shaped proportions as well as sporty and dynamic lines.
Conspicuously featured are Mazda's much evolved fenders, as defined by dynamic lines flowing from the fenders through sides of the BT-50's body. The BT-50 is unmistakably a Mazda, as it features the brand's signature five-point grille, now more evolved with boomerang-shaped functional headlights and a chrome crossbar forming a large pentagon.
At the rear, the vehicle features horizontally stretched taillights, which spread around the corners and across the tailgate. This design – a first in the segment – provides the BT-50 with a more refined yet athletic rear appearance typically seen on premium SUVs. Moving inside the Mazda BT-50, it boasts of a sportier and more personalized interior, with a cabin roomy enough to seat its occupants at a more comfortable level.
It comes with a cockpit that wraps around the driver while giving off an atmosphere that inspires the pilot to enjoy a worthwhile, sporty and responsive driving experience not offered by usual utility vehicles. Additionally, the cockpit dons a flowing design that seamlessly links the center of the instrument panel to the center console.
Likewise, its dashboard boasts of an asymmetric design that paves way for optimal space on each side, thereby wrapping around the driver while creating an open space for the front passenger. Accentuating the design of the interior are four bold metallic panel strips on the door trim and sides of the center console express dynamism, as well as a metallic outline on the two cylindrical meters.
These meters are linked by a center strip, thereby enhancing their readability. Moreover, the audio control panel and the climate control switch panel – featuring an independent driver- and passenger-side temperature controls – are designed to form a user-friendly interface.