Mazda BT-50

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Mazda BT-50
Mazda BT-50 2007.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Mazda
Production 2006–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact pickup truck (2006–2011)
Mid-size pickup truck (2011–present)
Related Ford Ranger
Chronology
Predecessor Mazda B-Series

The Mazda BT-50 (model code J97M) is a compact/mid-size pickup truck produced by the Japanese manufacturer Mazda since 2006. It is a larger version of the predecessor B-Series pickup and is not sold in the Japanese and North American market. Ford has also sold a version of the first generation BT-50 as the Ford Ranger and as the SUV Ford Everest. The second generation Ranger has been designed by Ford Australia, with a Mazda derivative to be sold as the BT-50.

First generation (J97M; 2006–2011)[edit]

First generation
Mazda BT-50 front 20080103.jpg
Overview
Production 2006–2011[1][2]
Assembly Mazda BT-50:
Rayong, Thailand (AAT)[3]
Bogota, Colombia (CCA)
Quito, Ecuador (MARESA)
Willowvale, Zimbabwe (WMMI)
Ford Ranger:
Hai Duong, Vietnam (Ford Vietnam)
Bogota, Colombia (CCA)
Quito, Ecuador (MARESA)
Rayong, Thailand (AAT)
Chongqing, China
Nanjing, China
Tao-Yuan, Taiwan
Body and chassis
Class Compact pickup truck
Body style 2-door single cab
2-door extended cab
4-door double cab
5-door wagon (Ford Everest)
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive
Related Ford Ranger
Powertrain
Engine 2.5 L I4 (diesel)
3.0 L I4 (diesel)

The BT-50 was launched at the Bangkok Motor Show on March 22, 2006. It shares its Duratorq/MZR-CD 2.5 L and 3.0 L Diesel straight-4 engines with the Ranger. In late November 2006, the new 5-speed automatic transmission with BorgWarner transfer case has been added, as well as side airbags.

The BT-50 received a minor redesign in the first quarter of 2008, with a revised interior and several optional items made standard.

The model sold in Mexico, Central and South America includes the following options:

  • A 2.6 L straight-4 4x4 only. Same Motor and transmission used in the previous Mazda B2600.
  • A 2.2 L straight-4 4x2 only. Entry level model same as the old B2200.
  • A 2.5 L Diesel straight-4 either 4x2 or 4x4.

Ford Ranger[edit]

Ford Ranger (2006–2009)
Ford Ranger (2009–2011)

Available in the UK since 2006 and first introduced in Thailand as a 2007 model.[4][5] Like its predecessor, it is mechanically unrelated to the North American pickup of the same name.

The facelifted Ford Ranger was introduced in 2009.

Drivetrain is available in 4x2 or 4x4 configuration. Body styles included Single Cab, RAP (Rear Access Panel) Cab and Double Cab.

LED turning lights were incorporated on door mirrors.

Engine choices include 2.5L and 3.0L Duratorq TDCi turbo diesel engines.[6]

The 2009 facelift of the European vehicle was unveiled in at the Geneva Motor Show.[7]

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP test results
RHD, 4-door double cab pick-up (2011)[8]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 34 96%
Child occupant: 42 86%
Pedestrian: 29 81%
Safety assist: 5 71%

Ford Everest[edit]

See also: Ford Everest
2006–2009 Ford Everest

Ford also offers an SUV version of the Ranger, known as the "Ford Everest" in Asia, Central America and the Bahamas, and since late 2009 as a 2010 model, in South Africa where it replaces the Australian sourced Ford Territory. In India it is called the "Ford Endeavour".

The truck has three rows of seating, rear or four wheel drive, and 2.5 L Diesel or 2.6 L petrol engines. It rides on a 2860 mm (112.6 in) wheelbase. The Everest was introduced in March 2003, and is built at the AutoAlliance Thailand plant in Rayong,[9] and as CKD kits in other countries (Chengalpattu, India;[10] and Hai Duong, Vietnam[11]).

The second generation Everest offers Duratorq diesel engines and two different drivetrains: 4x2 for 2.5 litre 143 hp (107 kW) models, and 4x4 for 3.0 litre 156 hp (116 kW) models. In addition, the redesign featured the new 5-speed automatic transmission with a BorgWarner transfer case, and the new Active-Shift-on-the-Fly (4x4 only) for the first time.

In the United States, Ford had planned to name an extended length version of the Ford Expedition the Everest in 2006 as a replacement for the Ford Excursion, but Ford changed their mind at the last minute and decided to rename it the Expedition EL.[12]

In mid-2009, the Everest received a facelift in South East Asia. This facelift is in line with the Ranger's recent update. This facelifted 2009 edition of the Ford Everest continues to be available with either a 2.5 liter turbodiesel with 143 PS, or a 3.0 liter turbodiesel with 156 PS.

There is also a model for east Africa with 2.5 liter turbodiesel with only 107 PS (80 KW), torque 268/2000. In Singapore, the Everest is used by Singapore Guards as a Protected Light Utility Vehicle.

A Third facelifted model of the Everest was unveiled at the Manila International Auto Show in April 2013. On 29 April 2014, The third facelift Ford Endeavour was launched in India. The facelift Endeavour features a touch-sensitive SATNAV entertainment system with Navigation Bluetooth audio control and reverse parking camera. The third facelift Endeavour is a manual variant comes with a 2.5-liter Duratorq TDCi paired to a five-speed manual transmission.

Model Years Engine type/code Power, torque@rpm
Diesel engines
2.5 MZR-CD 2006– 2,499 cc (2.499 L; 152.5 cu in) I4 Duratorq TDCi 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp)@3500, 330 N·m (240 lb·ft)@1800
3.0 MZR-CD 2006– 2,953 cc (2.953 L; 180.2 cu in) I4 Duratorq TDCi 156 PS (115 kW; 154 hp)@3200, 380 N·m (280 lb·ft)@1800
Model Selections
Diesel engines
2.5 MZR-CD 5-speed manual
3.0 MZR-CD 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Model Years Acceleration (0–100 km/h) top speed
Diesel engines
3.0 MZR-CD 2006– 10.4 105 mph (169 km/h) (4x2 single), 98 mph (158 km/h) (4x4 single, double)
2.5 MZR-CD 2006– 13.3 105 mph (169 km/h)

Productions[edit]

European and Thai models of the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 are built in Thailand.

Southern Africa Ford Ranger and Mazda BT 50 is built in Pretoria, South Africa.

Latin American Mazda BT-50s are built in Colombia. Replaced by the Ford Ranger T6 built in Argentina since 2012.

The Mazda BT-50 is not sold nor built in Japan.

Second generation (2011–present)[edit]

Second generation
Mazda BT-50 SDX 3.2 Crew Cab 4x4 2013.jpg
2012 Mazda BT-50 3.2 Crew Cab
Overview
Production 2011–present
Assembly Rayong, Thailand (AAT)
Silverton, South Africa
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size pickup truck
Body style 2-door single cab
2-door extended cab
4-door double cab
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive
Related Ford Ranger
Powertrain
Engine 3.2 L I5 (diesel)
Transmission 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,226 mm (127.0 in)
Length 5,359 mm (211.0 in)
Width 1,849 mm (72.8 in)

A full model change of Mazda BT-50 was revealed on October 2010 at the Australian International Motor Show.[13][14] It is based on the Ford Ranger (T6).

While the BT-50 version was designed by a Mazda team based at Ford Australia's design center in Melbourne, both Ford and Mazda worked independently. Of the exterior panels, only the windscreen, roof and rear screen are common between the Ranger and BT-50, although the underpinnings are largely the same.[15] Mazda BT 50 is produced in Thailand and South Africa.

Ford Ranger[edit]

Main article: Ford Ranger (T6)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Ford Ranger - the powerful & reliable pick-up truck from Ford". Ford. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
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  6. ^ Lavrinc, Damon (2009-02-19). "Geneva Preview: Ford Ranger gets European makeover". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2011-07-16. 
  7. ^ Shunk, Chris. "Geneva 2009: Euro Ford Ranger taunts American light-truck buyers". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2011-07-16. 
  8. ^ "Euro NCAP results for RHD, 4-door double cab pick-up". euroncap.com. 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ford. Ford In Thailand". Car-cat.com. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  10. ^ "Ford. Ford In India". Car-cat.com. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  11. ^ "Facilities | Ford Motor Company Newsroom". Media.ford.com. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  12. ^ "Spy Shots: 2007 Ford Everest from". Edmunds.com. 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2011-07-16. 
  13. ^ "New Mazda BT-50 (Fighter) to debut in Australia". Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  14. ^ Davis, Brett (2010-09-13). "Mazda BT-50 to debut at Sydney Motor Show". Caradvice.com.au. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  15. ^ http://goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/66ADA05055FB5CC3CA2577C000059F2B

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