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2021 Mazda BT-50 Single Cab and Freestyle Cab revealed

We've gotten our best look yet at the other two body styles in the 2021 Mazda BT-50 range: the Single Cab and the Freestyle Cab.


Photos of the 2021 Mazda BT-50 Single Cab and Freestyle Cab have been published ahead of their unveiling.

The images of an XT single cab chassis and an XT Freestyle Cab ute were included in safety body ANCAP’s rescue sheet for the BT-50 line.

Mazda Australia hasn’t confirmed when we should expect to see these two-door models locally.

ANCAP’s safety report also included both models in a list of variants, though it made no mention of which would be available in 4×2 or 4×4 guise and whether either body would be available in mid-spec XTR trim.

Earlier images obtained from the Australian Government’s Road Vehicle Certification System revealed what appears to be a BT-50 XTR 4×4 Freestyle cab-chassis.

Images obtained from the RCVS database also showed a single cab-chassis XT with steel wheels instead of the 17-inch alloy wheels seen in the ANCAP image.

We expect the BT-50 to mirror the D-Max’s body style availability and, similarly, only offer the Single Cab in base XT spec.

The related Isuzu D-Max offers the Single Cab in either 4×2 or 4×4 cab-chassis body styles and the Space Cab (their term for Freestyle Cab) as either a 4×2 or 4×4 ute or a 4×4 cab-chassis.

In contrast, the previous BT-50 offered the single cab-chassis in 4×2, 4×2 Hi-Rider and 4×4 variants in XT trim only.

The Freestyle cab-chassis was available in either 4×2 Hi-Rider or 4×4 forms in XT trim, or as a 4×4 ute only in XTR trim.

Unlike the previous BT-50, there’s just one engine available across the new range: a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine producing 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque.

It’s mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

XT models come standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay and DAB+ digital radio, as well as LED headlights, a reversing camera and, in automatic versions, adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go.

XTR models add a larger 9.0-inch screen with satellite navigation, plus 18-inch alloy wheels, LED front fog lights and daytime running lights, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter.

Like the D-Max, all 2021 Mazda BT-50 models come standard with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection and junction assist, as well as forward-collision warning, turn assist, traffic sign recognition, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive high-beam.

MORE: 2021 Mazda BT-50 pricing and specs

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William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel (remember that?), briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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