Mazda BT-50 2017
We were parked just outside the front door of the Marree pub, in the outback South Australia, about 650km north of Adelaide, when a curious local walked to us.
Can you test the new Isuzu?
This guy had his badge mixed up, considering we were in the Mazda BT-50, three of them, parked in a neat row outside the watering hole that he had appeared.
“No, dude. Mazdas. BT-50s, I said.
He said, they were also very good, he said, impressed vaguely, and after raising his eyebrows in the sky, he slipped away.
Nothing new in this BT-50 has an 8.0-inch Alpine color touch screen entertainment device, but Mazda thinks this is the best time to offer another snake test of them in the bush – and try is better than Birdsville Track?
This iconic bush track, one thing to do in any serious pedestrian wish list, is more than 500km of soil and gravel, potholes, pleats, hot sun. Great tool. Moreover, it runs parallel to the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert – aka The Simmo! Or with my companions – it’s another great Australian adventure.
Simpson, covering more than 170,000 km2 and occupying part of the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia, is the world’s largest sand dune and the fourth largest desert in Australia. It has the longest parallel sand dunes in the world, more than 1100 of them, some of which are 200 km long, running northwest to southeast.
However, we will not venture too deep into the desert, however, not on this trip, however, we will have the opportunity to play on Nappanerica (also known as Big Red), the largest sand dune of Simpson at a height of 40m, about 30km west of Birdsville.
Our final destination for this run? Birdsville, in the annual Birdsville race, when the bushy town is sleepy in Queensland, far to the west, bulging from 280 people to more than 7000 people participating in the hungry race. We were in a top GT dual cab and rarely went – no bushie mistaken badge would ruin it for us.
Is there anything interesting about its design? October 7
BT-50 is a great looking ute, one of the best modern mobs. With neat, neat lines on the outside and inside neat and neat to help maximize space, it manages to mix a difficult truck presence with inappropriate style – but it doesn’t try too much or is too cocky about it.
How realistic is the space inside? October 8
All controls are easy to use, even those on new multimedia devices – and its larger screen is a welcome addition.
Spacious cabin; There are spacious head and foot rooms in the front and rear rows. The front seats are very supportive and well padded, making long lines on the road or dusty road pleasant. Cabin offers the same level of comfort as Ranger; Rear-seat passengers get more than normal straight-seat positions.
Cabin storage includes glove boxes (lockable and illuminated), mugs, door boxes (front and rear), door pockets (front), overhead sunglasses storage box and more.
There are three 12V auxiliary power sockets and USB ports on the front; There is no USB for the rear seat passengers, this is mildly annoying when the GoPro in the car is plugged into the front USB port.
The tray is 1549mm long, 1560mm wide (1139mm between wheel arches), 513mm deep and has six binding points. Load height is 841mm.
It is rated to pull 3500kg (max, brake).
Does it represent good value for price? What features does it come with? October 8
GT, priced at $ 53,790 (plus on-road costs), is the leading BT-50. It is located on chassis cab XTR, XT and XT.
Our car has some genuine Mazda accessories, including black bullbar, snorkel and sports bar, but otherwise it is the showroom standard.
Features include control mounted on the steering wheel, dual-zone air conditioner and reversing camera. Among other notable GT features are leather seats, beautiful leather and chrome details everywhere, the aforementioned media unit (with sat nav, Bluetooth, plus six speakers), etc.
What are the important statistics for engine and transmission? October 8
The BT-50 has a 3.2-liter turbo-diesel engine – 147kW at 3000rpm and 470Nm at 1750-2500rpm – combined with a six-speed car, and before that, we said it was A bloody good combination works very well for this ute. There is a six-speed manual option.
How much fuel does it consume? October 7
Fuel consumption is 10L / 100km; Dash has shown 14.4L / 100km during up and down on Big Red; Mazda said, after the trip, the world is about 14L / 100km; And we think that a number that is tickling in the vicinity of 16L / 100km or more is more realistic.
What does it like to drive? October 8
From Marree to Birdsville is over 500km along Birdsville Track, a piece of music can be of quality from yeah yeah, good to normal bloody people, depending on the time of year you visit and how recently The song is graded. The track is rocky and rugged with many unexpected pleats, rails and potholes to keep the driver.
There are kangaroos, emus and flies to dodge – the challenge of driving a racetrack is an attractive part of it – but there is a lot of stunning scenery to gawk in surprise, as well as a welcome stop at Mungerannie Pub to enjoy.
Ride, handling and driving feeling are right there on the best of the new generation of dual taxis, if not better than them. The BT-50 is really like a car, even in the sometimes difficult conditions on this track, you can be forgiven for letting it slip the mind that you are actually driving a long 5365mm, 1850mm wide, 1821mm tall, ute 2095kg.
During most trips, we were uninhabited, except for a few small bags in the back seat, and some of their cameras and equipment at different times, and GT coil springs in the front, furnace. Spring leaves in the back – always feel strong and settle on any surface; Do not skip behind, do not jump dirty.
We were on Dunlop AT22 Grandtreks on 17-inch alloys, running 28 psi along the Birdsville Raceway, and that seemed almost perfect for the conditions at the time because the track was in a good state when We solve it.
You can visit Birdsville without nagging. Some of the up and down songs of the crimson giant have been chewed and left very wavy by drivers running too high tire pressure and beating too fast. (A reasonable rule for driving sand dunes – or driving on any sand in that matter – is stable, constantly regulating to maintain momentum; there is no need for fast speed and instantaneous angry, or pedal attitude with metal.)
We reduced the tire pressure by 15 to 18 psi when we played on Big Red on an afternoon and early next day. In 4L, we were able to roar down the monstrous sand dunes, but, forgiving us, we were taken away by the camera and the crowd in a few runs and decided to go a little harder. with necessary.
What safety equipment is equipped? What is safety assessment? October 8
BT-50 rated ANCAP five stars; There are two leading child restraint anchor points – not ISOFIX – in the second row.
The standard safety kit of GT dual-cab includes six airbags, reversing camera, ABS, electronic brake force allocation, Dynamic stability control, Emergency brake assist, Emergency stop signal, Stop light High, Downhill Control, Support for horizontal hill departure, Intrusion-reducing brake pedals, Load adaptive control, Rear differential lock, Roll stability control, Traction control and Control system shaking.
What is the cost to own? What warranty is provided? October 8
Mazda offers an unlimited two-year warranty for the BT-50, or a maximum of three years limited to 100,000km if the owner does not reach 100,000km in the first two years. Service period is set at six months / 10,000km with prices set at $ 395 or $ 535 for each service up to 160,000km.