While majority of the attention is centered on the 2017 CX-9, CX-5, and MX-5 RF, Mazda Philippines also managed to show off the updated BT-50 at the Manila International Auto Show. Continuing to ride on the most solid of foundations (it’s won the Philippine Truck of the Year in 2012/13), it gets aesthetic updates that align it more closely with Mazda’s corporate KODO – Soul of Motion design language.
Shown mid last year, it took a while for the revised BT-50 to arrive in the Philippines. Though it isn’t designed with KODO in mind, the BT-50’s re-shaped front-end manages to modernize the design. For 2017, it gets a re-shaped front-end with smoked headlights, a new grille, and revised bumpers. At the back are new combination lamps as well. At each corner are also newly designed dark-silver machined finish 17-inch alloy wheels fitted with 265/65R17 tires.
Inside, the BT-50 continues to be well-loaded with leather seating, dual zone climate control, automatic dimming rear view mirror, and Bluetooth voice command all as standard equipment. Also standard across the line-up are dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, and even Dynamic Stability Control. Parking sensors are also standard, but the range-topping 3.2L gets the additional benefit of a reverse camera.
Mechanically, the 2017 BT-50 continues unchanged. The rear-wheel drive variants are powered by a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder CRDi engine with 150 horsepower and 375 Nm of torque. Transmission option is either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. Meanwhile, the four-wheel drive variant has a 3.2-liter inline-5 CRDi with 200 horsepower and 470 Nm of torque. It’s available solely with a 6-speed automatic.
Pricing for the 2017 Mazda BT-50 has been bumped up slightly with the 2.2L RWD 6MT going for P 1,350,000. It goes up to P 1,395,000 for the 6AT, and P 1,550,000 for the 3.2L 4WD 6AT. Available colors are: Aluminum Metallic, Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, Titanium Flash, and Cool White.