Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: Mazda BT-50 Pickup – Time To Get Caught Up On Mazda’s Current Pickups

This shot of a Mazda BT-50 in Punta Delgada, Chile, by Rivera Notario made me realize that I was clueless about Mazda’s current pickup offerings. I wasn’t exactly surprised to find that this one (UP/UR, 2011-2020) is based on the international version of the Ford Ranger, as its greenhouse gives that away fairly readily. That truck was designed by Ford Australia, and came with Ford’s 2.2 L diesel four and the 3.2 L diesel five.

But what I really didn’t know about is that this generation was replaced in 2020 by something rather different; Mazda jumped ship from Ford and into someone else’s bed.

Isuzu is their new pickup buddy; the D-Max, to be more specific. It’s 100% Isuzu under the skin, but Mazda did get to change that skin, especially at the front, where it reflects their current Kodo design language. It’s built in Isuzu’s Thailand plant. And it’s not available in Japan and of course North America. Their main target markets are Southeast Asia, South America and Africa.

Power comes from a 1.9 L turbodiesel four, and a 3 L turbo diesel four is avaialable for those needing more power.

Given that Mazda long ago gave up on pickups in the US, it’s interesting to know that they’re still at it in other parts of the world.