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The Mazda BT-50 Black Edition is an affordable yet stylish pickup

The modifications the standard 4x2 automatic variant gets comes at no extra cost

The subtle upgrades have made the good-looking truck even better. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

As it is, the Mazda BT-50 is one of the most handsome pickup trucks your money can buy. The Pangolin Edition II only takes the truck’s styling to a higher level. Sadly, it is based on a top-spec 4×4 model. And this makes it a bit too expensive for someone who just wants to have a pimped-out BT-50 that will be mostly used in the city. This is where the BT-50 Black Edition comes in.

Outside, the grille and the wheels are blacked-out. Something most Pinoys would end up doing on their pickups. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

What Mazda Philippines did is get a standard 4×2 automatic variant and prettify it by blacking out certain pieces and adding some nice features. Outside, the chrome grille is now painted gloss black. The 17-inch wheels get the same treatment. All of this makes the truck sportier, but still keeps its sleekness.

The tiller and the seats are now wrapped in leather. PHOTOS FROM MAZDA

Inside, the seats and the steering wheel are now wrapped in black leather with gray contrast stitching. This elevates the interior’s premium feel, which makes for more enjoyable drives. To further sweeten the deal, the truck now also comes with a tailgate assist function, making loading the massive bed easier.

The addition of a tailgate assist feature is a godsend to those who use the truck's bed a lot. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

Aside from those upgrades, the BT-50 Black Edition is just like the 4×2 automatic variants sold before. This means the powertrain would still be the same 3.0-liter 4JJ3 diesel engine paired with a six-speed automatic. It also has all of the features that the midrange variant has.

Mazda Philippines believes in the adage that the best things in life are free. PHOTOS FROM MAZDA

Amazingly, all of these upgrades come at no extra cost. This means the BT-50 Black Edition sells for P1.43 million—or the same price as a regular 4×2 automatic variant. You must hurry though because there are only 50 units available. So, for those eyeing a rear-wheel-drive and automatic BT-50, it’s time to visit a Mazda dealership near you.

Red Santiago

A jack of all trades, Red is passionate about cars, motorcycles and audio. He sometimes drives for a ride-hailing app company—just because he really loves driving.