The BT-50 has been the ugly duckling of the 4X4 Ute sector since debuting in its current guise, a situation that looks set to continue with Mazda revealing a mild styling update for the 2016 model year prior to production kicking off in Thailand this week.
The update has seen the BT-50 move ever so slightly closer towards Mazda’s current styling language without adopting the full ‘flat nose’ look.
Mazda has confirmed that the rear of the BT-50 will receive revised tail lights, while some all new alloy wheel styles will be available across the range.
In addition to the very mild exterior styling changes, the interior gets a light update said to provide “a higher-quality feel”. A reversing camera will also be available for the first time on some models.
Minor tweaks aside, the 2016 BT-50 range remains largely unchanged with 4X2 and 4X4 models in both single and dual cab being available.
Powertrain options continue to be the 2.2 litre four-cylinder and 3.2 litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engines producing 110kW/375Nm and 147kW/470Nm respectively.
Each engine is available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Mazda says its updated BT-50 will arrive sometime before the end of the year, with pricing and full specifications still to be confirmed.