Mazda Reveals New Tacoma Rival

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The new pickup launches later this year.

While we have been lucky enough to get the Ford Ranger on local shores in recent times, the Toyota Tacoma is the favored mid-size pickup of the American market. However, while we are grateful to get more choices in the market, there are still some trucks that we just don't get. One of these is the Mazda BT-50, and with the reveal of the third-generation model, we're getting greener with envy than ever before.

As the below video reminds us, the BT-50 has been mainly offered in Oceania, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, but seeing how pretty the latest model is, will demand for the pickup gain momentum here?

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The stunning looks of the new BT-50 come from the "Kodo" design language, which aims to signify the emotion, power, and beauty of moving objects. The new Gun Blue Mica paint finish does a good job of showing off this fluidity. Many of the design cues seen in the new BT-50 can be traced back to the CX-30, but Mazda's philosophy of harmony between "horse and rider", as is commonly associated with the MX-5, is just as important to the team at Mazda.

But enough about the exterior. The interior also boasts some CX-30 design cues and looks remarkably luxurious for a workhorse, with perforated leather seats and double-stitched leather on the dash. Speaking of the dash, Mazda's rotary infotainment controller knob has been given the boot for this particular model, with a nine-inch touchscreen display handling infotainment instead.

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What about the motor? Well, a 3.0-liter diesel produces 187 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, allowing the BT-50 to haul over 2,200 pounds' worth of cargo, while towing capacity is rated at over 7,700 pounds. It looks, then, as if the new BT-50 will have both the looks and the capability to be a favorite in the markets where it is sold. Sure, it's got a massive grille and a lot of the design elements come from Mazda's SUVs, but they've been integrated in a manner that looks both tough and appealing. It may not be available to us, but if we shout loud enough, who knows what could happen?

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