RSA Gets Way Cool Mazda BT-50 Small Pickup. Where's Ours?
For some time, commentators on this site have bemoaned the lackluster lineup of small pickups on offer stateside. Many suggested that India's Mahindara & Mahindra should enter the U.S. market with a simple, small, economical and tough-as-nails pickup. Well, how about the Mazda BT-50? The Full Throttle section of the iAfrica website signals the arrival of the latest version of the flatbed formerly known as the Drifter. The BT-50 looks like just the ticket for frugal pickup drivers, what with a 3.0-litre common-rail direct-injection turbo diesel engine good for 115kW at 3200rpm and 380Nm of torque at 1800rpm. (Do the math; it's good.) We reckon if it weren't for that damn 25 percent "chicken tax" on imported pickups, the states would be awash with these next gen small pickups, saving gas and kicking ass.