Mazda Australia has previewed the next-generation BT-50 ute on Twitter, ahead of a full reveal scheduled for June 17.

    The shadowy teaser image doesn’t reveal a whole lot, and the accompanying caption reads: “Something huge is coming. Tune in on 17 June, 11am AEST for the global launch of a once in a generation Mazda. Set your reminder now”.

    We can see, however, the similarities in overall shape compared to the new BT-50’s twin-under-the-skin, the Isuzu D-Max – due in Australian showrooms in July.

    Last month, CarExpert exclusively reported the all-new Mazda ute’s reveal would occur in June, as well as what to expect from the new model.

    Given its close ties with the D-Max, the 2021 BT-50 will likely be powered by the same 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel as the Isuzu, which packs 140kW at 3600rpm and 450Nm from 1600rpm to 2600rpm – slightly down on the 147kW and 470Nm offered by the current version’s 3.2-litre five-cylinder engine shared with the Ford Ranger.

    Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions should be offered like the D-Max, as well as the option of two- and selectable four-wheel drive.

    The current model has also lagged behind its platform mate Ford Ranger in the technology stakes too, so the D-Max’s promised suite of active safety and assistance features should be available, including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control in line with current safety protocols.

    What’s not clear as yet is whether the Mazda will use the same interior design as the D-Max – including a touchscreen infotainment system – or implement its own components including MZD Connect with rotary controller.

    The new BT-50 is one of many new and updated utes headed to Australia, already including the aforementioned D-Max, the new Jeep Gladiator, a facelifted Toyota HiLux, the FordPass Connect-enabled Ford Ranger, as well as the upcoming Nissan Navara facelift.

    An all-new Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok are due to be revealed in the next 12-18 months or so, both sharing common underpinnings, while China’s LDV is due to reveal an all-new dual-cab ute in the second half of 2020.

    Stay tuned to CarExpert for our coverage of the 2021 Mazda BT-50’s reveal on June 17.

    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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