Say hello to a meaner Mazda BT-50.
The 2021 Mazda BT-50 Thunder packs a range of tough-looking accessories developed by Mazda Australia.
It’s a full-time member of the range, sitting above the existing BT-50 GT.
This isn’t a heavily redesigned rival to the Ford Ranger Raptor. Instead, the range of exterior add-ons fitted to the Thunder make it more of a match for the Toyota HiLux Rogue or the Nissan Navara Pro-4X.
Up front, it features a single-hoop steel bull bar and a new dual-row LED light bar.
There are 18-inch alloy wheels, fender flares, and side steps, along with a sports bar and powered tonneau cover.
Unique graphics on the side of the tub rounds up the updates.
The Thunder goes on sale in April.
- 2021 Mazda BT-50 Thunder manual: $65,990
- 2021 Mazda BT-50 Thunder automatic: $68,990
All prices are drive-away.
If you’re looking for a more accurate idea of price, head over to the Mazda BT-50 website. You’ll also be able to compare the differences between each of the variants. It’s also worth checking out the Mazda offers page to see if there are any deals on at the moment.
All 2021 Mazda BT-50 models use 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.
Four-wheel drive models feature switchable 2H, 4H, and 4L options plus a locking rear differential.
Full engine and drive train specifications can be found on the Mazda BT-50 specs page.
The BT-50 Thunder uses 7.7L/100km with the manual transmission, and 8.0L/100km with an automatic.
The 2021 Mazda BT-50 Thunder measures 5280mm long, 1790mm tall, and 1870mm wide.
Braked towing capacity is 3500kg, while un-braked capacity is 750kg.
You can find detailed exterior and interior dimensions via the Mazda BT-50 specifications page.
Mazda backs the BT-50 with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and five years of roadside assist.
Servicing is required every 12 months or 15,000kms, whichever comes first.
Service prices for all BT-50 4×4 automatic variants are $418, $390, $673, $496, and $312 for the first five services through to 75,000kms.
The 2021 Mazda BT-50 has a five-star ANCAP safety rating.
The rating is based on an adult occupant protection score of 83 per cent, a child occupant protection score of 89 per cent and a safety assist score of 81 per cent.
All 2021 Mazda BT-50 models come standard with:
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Lane-departure warning
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Turn assist
- Driver attention monitoring
There are also front, side and curtain airbags, plus a driver’s knee airbag and a front-centre airbag.
Automatic models also feature lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
- 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, DAB+ digital radio and satellite navigation
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED headlights with auto levelling
- LED front fog lights and daytime running lights
- Side steps
- Dual-zone climate control
- Rear air vents
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
- Auto-dimming interior mirror
- Rear seat centre armrest
- Power-folding exterior mirrors
- Keyless entry
- Brown leather upholstery
- Eight-way power driver’s seat
- Heated front seats
- Remote engine start (automatic only)
- Front parking sensors
- Heated chrome exterior mirrors
- Steel bull bar
- Fender flares
- Sports bar
Mazda have a configurator tool on the official website you can use to build one of these to your own specifications.