Now that the global Ford Ranger has received its debut, Mazda has taken the time to show off its take on the mid-sized pickup at the Australian International Motor Show. The Japanese automaker calls its version the BT-50, and it wears plenty of the company's Nagare design language. Along with the swept nose and headlights, Mazda has thrown in similarly fluid taillights out back that remind us of the units on the CX-9 crossover. Mazda says that the company was going for a "sophisticated beast" look. We've certainly heard stranger marketing claims, but it the image of sasquatch in a suit does make us chuckle.
And what, pray tell, is under that shapely hood? Mazda isn't saying at the moment, but we'd be surprised if the company didn't plan to share power plants with the 2011 Ranger. If that's the case, buyers can expect to choose between a thrifty 2.2-liter turbo-diesel 4-cylinder with 150 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque and larger displacement diesel and gasoline options backed by 6-speed gearboxes.
Sadly, it looks like you can forget about seeing the BT-50 in the States. Just like the Ranger, this pickup won't be gracing our shores in any official capacity.