Next BT-50 could be a Hilux

THE next Mazda BT-50 could use Toyota Hilux underpinnings. The current model, based on the Ford Ranger, has not met sales expectations and has been removed from European markets.

“We need to come up to a better solution,” said Mazda executive Masahiro Moro. While Toyota has been big on hybrids, it hasn’t optimised its engines the way Mazda has through its ‘SkyActiv’ program. The partnership could see Toyota benefit from Mazda’s engines in return for its Hilux chassis, but it won’t happen until the next-gen BT-50, due in 2020.