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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.


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.

Fuel Economy

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.

Servicing and Warranty

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.

Standard Equipment

  • 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

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Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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