Industry website AutoNews reports today that the Freestyle Cab version of its new BT-50 utility will make its global debut at the Australian International Motor Show to be held in Melbourne on 1 10 July.
Utilising the Freestyle door configuration used on the RX-8, the BT-50 Freestyle Cab offers an exceptionally wide pillar-less door opening, and a large carrying capacity. On each side of the cabin, a front-hinged door and a rear access panel combine to provide a 1,408mm-wide opening that makes for easy entry to and exit from either the front or rear seats.
Rear-seat cushions have been lengthened by 50mm for better thigh support and more stable fitment of child seats while the seatback height has been increased by 128mm.
The rear seat cushions can be removed and with the rear access panels opening to an angle of nearly 90 degrees, the option of loading and storing cargo into the rear seating area of the cab is improved.
A further advantage of the BT-50 Freestyle Cab is its carrying capacity. The cargo tub has increased in width, length and height to an overall cargo volume of 1,453 litres an increase of 266 litres over the equivalent current model.
Mazda Australia managing director, Doug Dickson says that Australia is expected to be the biggest market for the BT-50. The new Mazda BT-50 will go on sale later this year.