The 2024 Mazda BT-50 has undergone a minor update in its home market of Thailand, but the ute appears to miss out on a number of new features coming for its Isuzu D-Max twin.

    Revealed this week in Thailand, the BT-50’s changes appear to be largely cosmetic.

    When asked if the updated BT-50 will come here, Mazda Australia has said it “cannot comment on future product plans”.

    The updated Thai-market BT-50 gains a number of small exterior tweaks, such as black grille trim across all grades – previously reserved for the flagship SP – and a new lower front bumper.

    Inside, there are paddle shifters on certain grades as well as wireless Android Auto, coming after the inclusion of wireless Apple CarPlay.

    Unfortunately, that’s where upgrades from the facelifted D-Max end, with the BT-50 forgoing its twin’s USB-C outlets and 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, instead sticking with a 4.2-inch display.

    There’s also no mention of the rear cross-traffic braking system coming to the D-Max in Thailand, though the BT-50 does continue with an alert in these scenarios, alongside other safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning, to name a few.

    It’s understood there are no changes to the 1.9-litre and 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines which currently power the BT-50, and it’s not yet clear whether the updated ute benefits from the updated D-Max’s new rough terrain mode function.

    As previously reported, the Mazda BT-50 is remaining on sale in Australia despite being axed in New Zealand

    The decision to remove the ute from sale across the ditch was made following low sales, though it’s far more popular in Australia, outselling the Triton, Navara and Amarok in 2023.

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    Jordan Mulach

    Born and raised in Canberra, Jordan has worked as a full-time automotive journalist since 2021, being one of the most-published automotive news writers in Australia before joining CarExpert in 2024.

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