Mazda’s BT-50 pickup has boosted its credentials with the introduction of increased towing capacity for 4×2 Hi-Rider and 4×4 models this week. Subsequent similar changes to its Ford Ranger twin last year, the towing capacity for those models in the BT 50 range has grown from 3350 to 3500kg. Along with the Ranger and Holden’s new Colorado, the BT-50′s new tow rating makes it a part leader.
Gross Combined Mass raises to 6000kg an increase of 50kg and the down ball rating grows by 15kg to 350kg. The increases are all thanks to frame strengthening measures introduced this year. The improvement applies to models powered by the big 3.2 litre MX-CD turbodiesel engine, which delivers 147kW and 470Nm of torque. Availability is from January production, with efficient models appearing in showrooms over the coming weeks.