Mazda BT-50 Thunder revealed for Australia

By: James Robinson

Ultimate expression of Aussie BT-50 will start from $65,990

Mazda BT-50 Thunder revealed for Australia
The Thunder is available from April


Mazda has unveiled a new top-of-the-range variant of its impressive new BT-50 dual-cab ute – and it’s called Thunder.

The tough-looking workhorse is based on the automaker’s regular range-topping GT model and has been specifically designed for the Australian market, delivering a package similar to Toyota’s Hilux Rugged X and Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior.

Mazda’s team of local in-house engineers have added new equipment, designed to cater to BT-50 owners keen on exploiting the dual-cab’s off-road capabilities.

The front of the ute scores a low-set new steel bullbar with single hoop and an integrated underbody bash plate that should better protect the car when the going gets rough.

Also integrated into the bullbar is a custom Lightforce dual-row LED light bar, which will be handy on regional trips and weekend getaways.

How the new-gen BT-50 fared in our review, here

Flanking either side of the Thunder is a set of matte black fender flares and complimenting side steps, and the ute also sits on new 18-inch black alloy wheels.

At the rear of the dual-cab, a new matte black rear bar has been fitted, as well as an electric roller tonneau cover, tub liner, and new "Thunder" decals.

Powering the new BT-50 flagship is the same 3.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine found in the rest of the model range.


The torquey donk dolls out 140kW and 450Nm, sending power to all four wheels via either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

The Thunder comes equipped with a switchable locking differential as standard, ensuring its off-road cred. 

Fuel economy is rated at 7.7L/100km when fitted with the six-speed manual, and 8.0L/100km when optioned with the six-speed automatic transmission.

Mazda Australia has priced the new Thunder with an introductory offer of $65,990 drive-away for the Dual Cab 4x4 manual and $68,990 driveaway for the Dual Cab 4x4 automatic.

After that, the sticker price will remain the same, but buyers will need to fork out for on-road costs.

Mazda has confirmed the rugged Thunder will be rolling into showrooms from April.


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